ERIC Number: ED394588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Rocky Chairland: Educating a Changing Health Care Workforce.
Recognizing the need to be proactive in redefining the role of nursing and allied health practitioners at the associate degree level and transforming curricula to meet the changing demands of health care, the Division of Health Technologies at Northern Virginia Community College, in partnership with local community agencies, implemented the Mobile Nurse-Managed Health Center Program (MNMHCP). The purpose of the MNMHCP is to develop a model of community-based clinical practice incorporating service learning as a structured part of the curriculum. The program's objectives are structured around the following three components: (1) community impact, focusing on the provision of health care to underserved populations and developing health education resources; (2) participant impact, including improving the civic commitment and leadership skills of 150 nursing and allied health students by engaging them in direct provision of primary care services; and (3) institutional impact, focusing on the development of new curricula and stronger partnerships with community organizations. Students in the program participate in 64 hours of service-learning during a 4-week community-based practicum, while health care services are offered 4 days a week at over 10 sites. Appendixes include a chart and objective forms illustrating differences between the current Nursing Program curriculum and the proposed Nursing Service Learning Curriculum developed as part of MNMHCP project. (TGI)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Clinical Experience, Community Colleges, Community Health Services, Community Services, Curriculum Development, Experiential Learning, Nursing Education, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Service Learning, Social Responsibility, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Northern Virginia Community College
Note: In: The Olympics of Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles, Balancing Skills, Taking Risks. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the National Community College Chair Academy (5th, Phoenix, AZ, February 14-17, 1996); see JC 960 276.