ERIC Number: ED157595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Political Crisis in Associate Degree Nursing Education: Implications for the College Administrator.
Haase, Patricia T.
The opportunities for the growth and enhancement of the associate degree nursing program, central to the current controversy over the role of the associate degree nurse as technical or professional, should be viewed in the context of the future of health care practice and the realities of the health care marketplace. American health care is on the verge of change from acute curative care to prevention and health care education, a change likely to affect the associate degree nursing movement more than any other social concern at issue in the entry-into-practice controversy. The Health Resources Planning and Development Act of 1974 reflects this new direction towards the assumption of individual responsibility for one's own health, brought about in part by the escalating costs of hospital services. Associate degree nursing programs will be affected in that (1) fewer Americans will be hospitalized for acute treatment; (2) those in hospitals will be sicker than they have been in the past; (3) more people will be cared for in extended care facilities; (4) nurses will need to be better prepared in health education and counseling techniques; and (5) a greater percentage of care will be delivered in clinics, health maintenance organizations, ambulatory care settings and the home. In view of these prospects, the current and future role of the associate degree nurse should not be underestimated, and the junior college must begin planning to meet their new educational needs. (AYC)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Associate Degrees, Attitude Change, Educational Needs, Health Services, Job Skills, Medical Services, Nurses, Nursing Education, Professional Occupations, Professional Recognition, Public Policy, Role Perception, Technical Occupations, Two Year Colleges
National League for Nursing, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, New York 10019 (Pub. No. 23-1733, $1.95)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National League for Nursing, New York, NY.