Denver School of Nursing Students Help Aurora Public Schools Screen 29,000 Students for Hearing, Vision Skills

Back to school can present challenges for students who have difficulty hearing a teacher, reading materials or seeing presentations in the classroom.

State mandated vision and hearing screenings help students receive the professional healthcare that they need to succeed and each year all the Aurora Public School District students are screened to ensure they are professionally evaluated, explained Linda Blassingame, itinerant health clerk for Aurora Public Schools.

In the 2013-2014 school year, Blassingame said 70 screenings tested nearly 29,000 students.

“Denver School of Nursing (DSN) is one of the nursing schools that work closely with Aurora Public Schools.  The excellent care and countless hours the nursing students put in to help us organize and run the mass screenings each year are greatly appreciated by all District Nurses and the Department of Health Services,” she said.

Over 250 DSN students worked at the mass screenings at 35 Aurora schools in the 2013-2014 school year. With the start of the 2014-2015 school year underway and testing resuming in September, DSN anticipates nearly 300 nursing students will help Aurora Public Schools facilitate student mass screenings.

DSN students dedicate six to eight hours each day to conduct the screenings. All district nurses are present at their school screenings and help identify those students who test well versus those who may be high risk.  This latter group can include students who repeated a grade and those who failed a vision screening the previous school year and did not obtain a professional examination.

“To test every student from September through December throughout the District requires a major effort.  To say that we cannot do this without the help of the nursing students is an understatement,” said Tina Crowley, itinerant health clerk for Aurora Public Schools.

About Denver School of Nursing (DSN)

Denver School of Nursing, 1401 19th St., Denver, is a private, post-secondary college that provides educational programs and training for nursing professionals. The college specializes in offering rigorous curriculum and clinical site-based academic programs toward associate and bachelor degrees in nursing. DSN is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), ( (800-621-7440). Its associate and baccalaureate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404-975-5000). The college is granted full approval for its associate and bachelors nursing programs by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. For more information, call 303-292-0015 or visit