An alternate learning experience for senior, baccalaureate-level nursing students enrolled in the Practicum in Nursing Leadership at East Carolina University School of Nursing is described. The major objective of this course is to help students develop leadership skills. During the first half of the semester the students, who are registered nurses, complete a structured leadership experience in an acute care setting. An alternate learning experience utilizing a learning contract is an option for the second half of the semester. The clinical instructor works closely with the student in the implementation of the learning contract. During the 1982-1983 academic year 14 students selected an alternate learning experience as part of their practicum. As part of an evaluation, students indicated reasons for selecting the alternate experience. Several students felt they had gained knowledge/competence in the auditing process, the teaching role, leadership theory, and independence, as well as in nursing care planning, quality assurance, and management theories. Other leadership/management skills attained in the alternate learning experience are identified, along with the 14 learning experiences selected by the participants. A learning contract form is included. (SW)
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