ERIC Number: ED101817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
Associate Degree Nurse Preparation and Nursing Service Needs: An Incidental Paper.
Gordon, Ruby D.
Associate degree nursing programs were first established in 1953. At the same time, diploma programs and baccalaureate programs were preparing nurses with the potential for licensure as registered nurses. Recently, there has been a decline in diploma programs and an increase in associate degree programs. Associate degree programs emphasize action in specific situations rather than theoretical explanations. A review of the literature pertaining to associate degree nursing programs reveals a large gap between what students of such programs are taught and the duties they are expected to perform on the job; this results in long adjustment periods during which the employer must provide continuous supervision. The primary cause of this situation is that the term "beginning practitioner" is interpreted differently by educators, employers, and new graduates. In order to solve this problem, training institutions and employers must establish better avenues of communication and educators must alter their curricula to meet employer needs. Furthermore, educators must realize that preparing any individual for specific duties may lead to skill obsolescence and should develop continuing education programs to encourage life-long professional development. (DC)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Associate Degrees, Curriculum Development, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Employment Problems, Employment Qualifications, Health Occupations, Lifelong Learning, Literature Reviews, Nurses, Nursing Education, Role Perception, Teacher Attitudes, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
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