ERIC Number: ED156385
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jun-21
Proceedings of the Indian Nursing Education Conference (1st, Chinle, Arizona, June 21-22, 1974).
Navajo Community Coll., Tsaile, AZ.; Navajo Health Authority, Window Rock, AZ.
Barriers to recruitment and retention of minority students (particularly Indian students) in collegiate nursing programs in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah include such factors as schools located away from home environments, inadequate student preparation for course requirements, feelings of isolation experienced by Indians in university settings, lack of sensitivity within the college or university system, lack of financing, and a lack of role models to reinforce aspirations in nursing. Because of shortages of health personnel on reservations, persons in the health delivery system are often called on to provide services above their training and skill levels; continuing education is critical and should be a well-planned program linked to career mobility. Conference participants developed a number of recommendations regarding recruitment and retention of Indian students, career mobility, and continuing education. Among these were: Indian nursing role models must be visible; the Indian philosophy of health must be recognized; nursing faculties and university staff must be sensitized to cultural differences; precollegiate and remedial programs must be planned to deal with poor science preparation; state and private nursing schools should provide a well-planned program of post-graduate education with special attention to the needs of reservations and other under-served areas; and the Navajo Health Authority should become more active in all relevant phases of nursing education. The participants further expressed a desire for future conferences and workshops of this nature. (EJ/BR)
Descriptors: American Indian Reservations, American Indians, College Students, Conference Reports, Cultural Influences, Educational Environment, Educational Programs, Financial Needs, Higher Education, Motivation, Nursing, Nursing Education, Nursing Students, Occupational Mobility, Professional Continuing Education, Role Models, School Holding Power, Student Needs, Student Recruitment
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Navajo Community Coll., Tsaile, AZ.; Navajo Health Authority, Window Rock, AZ.
Note: Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document