ERIC Number: ED190851
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-May
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The Education of Nurses: A Rising National Concern. A Position Paper. Issue Paper No. 2.
National Advisory Council on Vocational Education, Washington, DC.
This position paper of the National Advisory Council on Vocational Education is written in response to the American Nurses' Association's (ANA) proposal, which calls for reducing a four-level system to two levels of nursing: the professional nurse, who would be required to have a bachelor of science degree in nursing, and an assistant technical nurse, who would have an associate degree in nursing and work under the supervision of the professional nurse. Among the findings of the council concerning the issue of entry-level nursing reported in the paper are (1) there is no conclusive evidence that the proposal will result in improved health care services; (2) implementation of the ANA position would eliminate the diploma nurse and the licensed practical nurse; (3) diploma nurse training programs, licensed practical nurse training programs, and associate degree programs currently offer viable options to persons desiring a career as a nurse; (4) all four types of nurse training programs produce valuable members of the health care delivery system; (5) implementation of the ANA position would increase the cost of health services; and (6) implementation of the ANA proposal would result in disfranchisement of career opportunities for and discrimination against several disadvantaged and special populations. Positions of health and relevant educational associations with respect to the proposal are appended. (LRA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: National Advisory Council on Vocational Education, Washington, DC.