ERIC Number: ED164181
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Proceedings of the First Indian Nursing Education Conference (Chinle, Arizona, June 21-22, 1974).
Ashley, Kathy; Stewart, Tom
Attention focused on the recruitment and retention of Indian students, career mobility, continuing education, and unique aspects of nursing practice in tribal areas. Location of schools away from home environments, course requirements for which students have had inadequate preparation, feelings of isolation, and financial troubles tend to hamper Indian students seeking a nursing education. Due to the shortage of health personnel, nurses practicing on reservations are often forced to provide care generally given by a physician. Continuing education is needed to help them meet these added responsibilities; job descriptions and salary scales should be rewritten to reflect the work actually done. Recruitment of young people to the profession is hampered by the lack of visibility of Indian nurses as role models. Recruitment recommendations include career development programs extending to all ages of students, including preschoolers, and better visibility for Indian nurses in the mass media. Retention could be improved with precollegiate remedial science programs, coordination of financial aids, and programs to contact nursing students as soon as they enter college. Career mobility and continuing education would be aided with post graduate education for nurses both at schools of nursing and on the reservation, full accreditation for the Navajo Community College to allow community nurses to obtain at least an associate degree locally, and Indian Health Service evaluation of the civil service nursing position structure. (DS)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, American Indian Education, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Career Awareness, Career Education, Career Opportunities, Conference Reports, Consultants, Medical Education, Nurses, Nursing Education, Occupational Mobility, Professional Continuing Education, Recruitment, School Holding Power
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Navajo Community Coll., Tsaile, AZ.; Navajo Health Authority, Window Rock, AZ.
Authoring Institution: N/A