ERIC Number: ED172017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Implications of Lengthened Health Education: Nursing and the Allied Health Fields.
Galambos, Eva C.
Health care is demanding increasing resources and attention in numbers of health care workers, in levels of skills required, in time spent in training, and in dollars expended. A greater spectrum of skills is required to cope with increasing health care demands, yet trends toward specialization and fracturing of responsibilities assigned to health care personnel often obstruct opportunity for application of the individual's full range of preparation. In the South, college allied health programs have registered a seven-fold increase in graduates and basic registered nursing programs have doubled, but geographical distribution problems prevent easing of worker shortages. To insure the quality of care, there is a trend to lengthen the educational preparation for entry into many allied health fields, yet there is evidence that many workers are overtrained for the task they perform. Lengthened programs can enhance the quality of preparation, but also raise the total cost of health care. In considering the many current proposals for allied health and registered nurse programs at higher degree levels, postsecondary education should distinguish between needs for selective advanced education versus a general lengthening of entry-level preparation. (LRA)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Certification, Cost Effectiveness, Efficiency, Employment Qualifications, Entry Workers, Geographic Distribution, Health Occupations, Health Personnel, Higher Education, Labor Supply, Nursing, Nursing Education, Opinions, Postsecondary Education, Professional Personnel, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Length, Retention (Psychology), Standards, State of the Art Reviews, Trend Analysis
Southern Regional Education Board, 130 Sixth Street, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30313 ($2.50)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
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