ERIC Number: ED391001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
The Preparation of Sick Children's Nurses to Work in the Community (P2000 Evaluation).
Cash, Keith; And Others
A study examined the preparation of sick children's nurses to work in communities in the United Kingdom. Data were collected from the following: literature review; mail survey of the 43 colleges of nursing currently conducting the United Kingdom's Child Branch program for children's nursing (response rate, 81%); 18 focus group interviews with a total of 13 tutors, 43 students, and 15 pediatric community nurses at 4 colleges; and interviews of 13 parents of children with various health conditions regarding their perceived needs for children's nursing services. The community experiences of students preparing for employment as sick children's nurses were found to vary widely in length, nature, and quality. The study findings were used to develop a preferred model for preparing nurses to care for children in the community. Among the model's components were the following: a comprehensive community experience lasting at least 12 weeks and including lists of minimum learning experiences and outcomes; mentorship by a recognized pediatric nurse; a strong children's nursing focus; and a period of rostered community practice that includes competency assessments. (Eighteen tables, and a 62-item bibliography are included. Appended are the study consent form, questionnaire, and cover letters. Contains 113 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Child Health, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, Health Needs, Home Programs, Literature Reviews, National Surveys, Nurses, Nursing Education, Parent Attitudes, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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 - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, London.
Identifiers: United Kingdom