ERIC Number: ED101134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Upgrading Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse Program, September 1971 - June 1973. Report.
Twenty Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) became Registered Nurses (RN) in a pilot program giving partial academic credit for their LPN training and building on their existing skills. The program revolved around three needs: (1) trained nurses; (2) eliminating the notion that jobs were dead-end; and (3) achieving upward mobility for hospital staff. Curriculum development, selection of students, the counseling program, funding, and methodology are described. The succeeding section reviews program results from three points of view: a detailed evaluation of academic results, showing that the 20 LPN to RN students compare satisfactorily with many students educated in diploma or baccalaureate programs and all 20 passed their State Boards with better than average scores; the students' evaluation of their experience; and an examination of financial data to identify benefits to the individual, the institution, and the community at large. Student success reinforced belief that a specialized but accelerated program does not adversely affect training. Students' future plans and followup of the program are discussed. Seven conclusions regarding the successful program's elements, students, and upward career mobility end the report. Appendixes include: other LPN to RN programs; career ladder programs; and the Research and Nursing Skills Inventory Questionnaires. (Author/NH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois Professional and Curriculum Development Unit for Vocational and Technical Education, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ. Hospitals and Clinics, IL.; Chicago City Colleges, IL. Olive-Harvey Coll.