ERIC Number: ED228383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Project 88: A New Technical Nursing Curriculum. Final Report.
Jorenby, Barbara; And Others
A project was conducted in Minnesota: (1) to describe and document a new level of technical nursing appropriate for 1988 for people educated at less than baccalaureate level; (2) to identify exit competencies of graduates of new programs; and (3) to develop model curricula for new programs in Minnesota's adult vocational technical institutes, including terminal performance objectives, blocks of activities, and time devoted to terminal performance objectives. Following a review of literature that projected 83,000 job openings annually for such a "technical" level nurse, conversations with advisory groups, and interviews with employers in industry, clinics, health maintenance organizations, and home care agencies, a questionnaire was developed. The questionnaire, which focused on job-entry skills for the future second-level nursing technician who is not a registered nurse, was sent to 122 employers (directors of nursing, practical nursing directors, and organization representatives in metropolitan and out-of-state areas), and 98 were returned. Results from the survey demonstrated that a consensus regarding the level of education and skill expected of a technical-level nurse does not yet exist, although much concern was expressed about the future of nursing. In general, metropolitan employers foresaw lower-level tasks for technical-level nurses than did those employers in rural areas. From these responses, a list of proposed competencies for nursing technicians was drawn up, with suggested competencies in nursing care delivery, health teaching, and leading and managing. Recommendations were made for curriculum, licensure, articulation, and future studies. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul. Div. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Prepared by the Region XI Practical Nurse Educators and Coordinated by B. Jorenby at the Dakota County Area Vocational Technical Institute (Rosemount, MN).