ERIC Number: ED158820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Analysis of Nursing Curriculum and Course Competencies.
Trani, G. M.
The objectives of this study were to relate the competencies of the Nursing Program at Delaware County Community College to national morbidity statistics and to recommend curriculum changes based on this analysis. Existing terminal objectives of the program and each nursing module were compared with college-wide terminal objectives, overlap was eliminated, and the objectives were restated in competency-based terms. The four nursing modules were then analyzed in terms of the terminal objectives, and detailed competency statements in theoretical and clinical areas were developed. Behavioral objectives, with stated levels of mastery, were provided for each competency. The resulting extensive compilation of competencies and behavioral objectives was compared with the measurable abilities tested in the state board examination and with data on the incidence of diseases and other medical conditions gathered from 1,887 short-term hospitals participating in the 1975 Professional Activities Study. This analysis of curriculum content revealed that diseases of the genito-urinary system, drug addiction, hernias, and appendicitis were not included in any nursing course. Only one aspect of disaster nursing was covered, but overlapping content in Nursing I, II, and III was discovered in several areas. Statistical data from the Professional Activities Study, tables correlating these data with the terminal objectives, and the extensive lists of competencies and behavioral objectives for each nursing module are included in the document. (BB)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Delaware County Community Coll., Media, PA.