ERIC Number: ED028251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Train Practical Nurses to Become Registered Nurses: A Survey of the PN Point of View. Research Report Number 1.
To secure information about the characteristics of the practical nurse population and their opinions about registered nurse preparation, questionnaires were distributed to 2,923 practical nurses employed by the New York City Municipal Hospitals. Usable questionnaires numbered 2,361 or 81 percent of the employed PN population. Approximately 9 percent of the practical nurses were already studying to become registered nurses and at least 66.5 percent were interested in so doing. The practical nurses considered basic training in nursing theory and clinical practice important, and rated practical nurse experience more important than academic courses in the preparation of the RN. Recommendations resulting from the study included a half-time work, half-time study, full income plan to upgrade nurse aides to practical nurses and practical nurses to registered nurses, financed, except for tuition, by cost of salaries represented by position vacancies; and reduction of training time through such approaches as proficiency testing and coverage of required clinical experience during working hours. (JK)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Clinical Experience, Curriculum, Educational Mobility, Educational Needs, Equivalency Tests, Individual Characteristics, Nurses, Occupational Aspiration, Occupational Mobility, Practical Nursing, Program Development, Program Length, Questionnaires, Role Perception, Student Costs, Student Educational Objectives, Surveys
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York Research Foundation, NY.