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ERIC Number: ED018574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 33
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Reference Count: 0
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SURVEY OF CURRENTLY EMPLOYED NURSE AIDES IN CHICAGO.
Chicago Board of Education, IL. Dept. of Vocational and Practical Arts Education.
THE PURPOSES OF A DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM IN HEALTH OCCUPATIONS WERE TO SET UP AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO DETERMINE SPECIFIC OCCUPATIONS TO BE GIVEN PRIORITY FOR TRAINING, TO CONDUCT A TESTING PROGRAM AMONG CURRENT WORKERS IN THE HEALTH OCCUPATIONS, AND TO CONDUCT A RECRUITMENT PROGRAM. THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED THAT AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM BE INITIATED FOR THE SUBPROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL. AS ONE IMPORTANT SUBPROFESSIONAL GROUP, NURSE AIDES WERE CHOSEN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TESTING PROGRAM TO DETERMINE THE ABILITY THRESHOLDS NECESSARY FOR SUCCESSSFUL JOB PERFORMANCE. THE CALIFORNIA CAPACITY QUESTIONNAIRE, THE NELSON READING TEST, A PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT FORM, AND A PRETEST IDENTIFICATION FORM WERE ADMINISTERED TO 1,136 AIDES IN 29 INSTITUTIONS. SOME FINDINGS WERE--(1) THE GENERAL MENTAL ABILITY OF THE NURSE AIDES RANGED FROM 50 TO 140, AND THE READING LEVEL RANGED FROM BELOW THE SECOND GRADE TO ABOVE THE 10TH, (2) UNMARRIED "NURSING" AIDES RECEIVED LOWER RATINGS THAN THE MARRIED IN QUALITY OF CARE GIVEN, ABILITY TO ORGANIZE AND COMPLETE AN ASSIGNMENT, AND CARE OF THE INCONTINENT, (3) THE YOUNGER "NURSING" AIDES RATED LOWER THAN THE OLDER IN ECONOMICAL USE OF SUPPLIES, AND (4) 66 PERCENT WERE RATED AS AVERAGE PERFORMERS AND 31 PERCENT ABOVE AVERAGE. BECAUSE OF THE EFFECT OF EXTRANEOUS FACTORS ON THE TEST SCORES, THE LOWER 10 PERCENT WERE REJECTED, AND THE GENERAL MENTAL ABILITY THRESHOLD FOR THE AIDES WAS ASSIGNED AT 65 AND THE READING COMPREHENSION THRESHOLD AT THE 4.2 GRADE LEVEL. AN INCREASED RECRUITMENT PROGRAM FOR PRACTICAL NURSES AND OPERATION ROOM TECHNICIANS WAS EFFECTED. THE AIDE ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENT AND A BIBLIOGRAPHY ARE INCLUDED. (BS)
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Authoring Institution: Chicago Board of Education, IL. Dept. of Vocational and Practical Arts Education.
Identifiers: ILLINOIS; Illinois (Chicago)