ERIC Number: ED186059
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
A Successful Training Program for Bilingual (Spanish/English) Nurse Aides.
O'Hara, Leonard F.
In view of the relative absence of Spanish-speaking personnel at area health care delivery sites, Northampton County Area Community College (NCACC), with financial and administrative support from Lehigh Valley Manpower Organization (a Comprehensive Employment and Training Act agency) and input from the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of the Lehigh Valley, implemented a bilingual nurse's aide training program designed to impart bilingual Hispanics with the vocabulary and skills of a nurse's aide. The six week course, taught by two bilingual nurses in the summer of 1979, was based on two texts: "The Nurse Assistant" by Donovan, et al., and a specially prepared 40-page syllabus. Major instructional topics included communications and interpersonal relationships; hospital environment and safety; positioning and exercise; surgical asepsis; and observation, recording, and reporting. The students, who met the qualifications of bilingualism, literacy, local residency, extended unemployment, and financial exigency, were instructed Monday through Thursday at the college's nursing laboratory. Clinical experience was provided each Friday at the county convalescent home. Besides access to the usual college services, students were provided with day care and transportation support. Of the 16 students enrolled, 15 completed the program and subsequently took part in an eight-week hospital practicum. (JP)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Allied Health Occupations Education, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Students, Bilingual Teachers, Clinical Experience, Community Colleges, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Certificates, Females, Hispanic Americans, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Nurses Aides, Program Content, Program Descriptions, Spanish Speaking, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Comprehensive Employment and Training Act