ERIC Number: ED026460
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Reference Count: 0
Factors Affecting the Establishment of Associate Degree Programs in Nursing in Community Junior Colleges. League Exchange No. 77.
Schmidt, Mildred S.
As of October 1963, there were 102 associate degree programs in nursing, 82 of them in 2-year institutions. These 82 represented only 3 percent of the 704 junior colleges listed in the 1963 Junior College Directory. Surveys were conducted to discover the factors that led to or inhibited establishment of nursing programs. The volume of full-time enrollment is the characteristic that most influences the college's interest. The comparatively high cost of nursing programs, difficulty in providing the necessary physical facilities within the college, and inadequacy of clinical facilities are factors which deter program development. Finding a qualified nurse administrator was also a crucial factor for administrators who had faced the problem. Some recommendations were: (1) eliminating nursing programs in junior colleges in which total enrollments are under 500 and forecasts indicate only limited increases, (2) educating controlling boards to the need for a preplanning period for the nurse administrator prior to admission of students, (3) alerting junior colleges to availability of federal funds under the Nurse Training Act of 1964, and (4) establishing nursing programs only when sufficient qualified faculty are obtainable. Appendixes include questionnaires and survey data. This Ed.D. thesis was submitted to Columbia University. (JK)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Clinical Experience, Community Colleges, Educational Trends, Enrollment, Enrollment Influences, Facilities, Faculty Recruitment, Federal Aid, National Surveys, Nursing, Nursing Education, Program Costs, Program Development, Questionnaires, Two Year Colleges
National League for Nursing, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, New York 10019 ($1.75).
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Authoring Institution: National League for Nursing, New York, NY.