Nursing students at Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC) got right to work during the first week of classes. As part of their pediatric clinical studies, students provided screenings for children at Enrichment Services Program Higginbotham Head Start, conveniently located just across the street from campus.
The health documentation and screenings included height, weight, vision, and hearing for approximately 150 children. CVCC developed a memorandum of understanding with Higginbotham earlier in the year in an effort to expand pediatric clinical offerings for nursing and medical assisting students. Head Start and college officials say this first activity is the beginning of more great things to come.
“This is an exciting new adventure which has the potential to serve students, children and Head Start parents,” said Resa Lord, Health Sciences chair. “With this partnership, CVCC students will be able to assist with and/or provide basic health services to the students of Head Start, as well as provide teaching and learning experiences for both children and parents. These learning experiences for families could include nutrition, physical and mental health, obesity, and other health related topics. We are very hopeful that this partnership will continue to grow and expand to other centers as well.”
Enrichment Services Program Inc. or ESP Head Start serves hundreds of three- and four-year-olds in the West Georgia and East Alabama area. The program’s mission is to eliminate poverty through education services and partnerships such as the one formed with CVCC.
“It’s a win-win for everyone involved,” said Richard Wells, Higginbotham Head Start director. “We benefit by being able to provide medical resources for the families we serve in an environment that is familiar to them, and the students at the college benefit by honing their skills with this hands-on experience without having to travel far.”
“Putting what you are learning in the classroom to practice is extremely rewarding,” said Cheniqua Holiday, a second year nursing student. “Working with children is the cherry on top. They enjoyed it so much and gave such big hugs. I really love kids. This kind of experience is one of the reasons why I wanted to become a nurse… to see the smiling faces after I have provided care. I’m grateful that CVCC sees the value in these kinds of partnerships that help this nursing program stand out from the rest.”