ERIC Number: ED391000
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
An Investigation into Staff:Student Ratios in Nursing and Midwifery Education.
Procter, Susan; And Others
A study examined the calculation of staff:student ratios (SSRs) in nursing and midwifery education in courses validated by the English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting (ENB). Data were collected from questionnaires mailed to all 108 colleges of nursing and midwifery and higher education institutions offering ENB-validated courses and semistructured interviews with 10 senior managers in nursing and midwifery education. Thirty-nine usable questionnaires were returned. The study established a lack of standardization in the components of the formulas used by the various institutions to calculate SSRs. The interviews revealed three main methods of funding: funding based on SSR, per capita funding; and funding based on course costings that were largely determined by the funding body. Among the study recommendations were the following: (1) develop a standardized formula for calculating SSRs based on whole time equivalent students and staff; (2) calculate SSRs at those levels in organizations defined as the administrative unit or division in which nursing/midwifery education is located; and (3) express the formula used to calculate resources for nursing/midwifery education as per capita funding. (The bibliography contains 20 references. Appendixes include the survey instruments and cover letters and a list of field work objectives.) (MN)
Descriptors: Computation, Educational Finance, Foreign Countries, Mathematical Formulas, National Surveys, Nursing Education, Obstetrics, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Teacher Student Ratio
English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, Publications Dept., Victory House, 170 Tottenham Court Road, London, England W1P 0HA, United Kingdom (12.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, London.
Identifiers: United Kingdom