ERIC Number: ED048453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Toward a Career Ladder in Nursing: Upgrading Nurse's Aides to LPNs Through a Work-Study Program. Final Progress Report.
Medical and Health Research Association of New York City, Inc., NY.
To arrange a program that would enable nurse's aides to undertake licensed practical nurse (LPN) training without financial sacrifice, a 3-year experimental and demonstration project, funded by the Manpower Administration, was conducted in New York City between October 1967 and September 1969. Through a work-study arrangement, 422 nurse's aides in the municipal hospital system completed a 14-month LPN training course, dividing their time between shifts at their hospitals (20 hours a week) and classroom or clinical training at central locations throughout the city (25 hours a week). The project was considered a success when 385 graduates (91 percent) were licensed as LPNs after passing the New York State licensing examination and returning to their hospitals where they assumed the duties of LPNs. Some recommendations were: (1) All nurse's aides should be processed as potential candidates for upgrading; (2) A remedial academic skill center should be established to encourage hospital staff to improve their basic skills; and (3) Counseling and other supportive services should be continued at the training site. The report also describes the organization and costs of the project, the training program, and ways to improve future programs. (SB)
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Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Medical and Health Research Association of New York City, Inc., NY.
Note: Report covers April 1967 - May 1970