ERIC Number: ED206884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Final Report of Nursing Transition: A Process to Facilitate Career Mobility, July 1, 1980-June 30, 1981.
Brookdale Community Coll., Lincroft, NJ.
A program was developed to facilitate the transition of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) into a program to become registered nurses (RNs) and acquire an associate degree in allied health at Brookdale Community College (New Jersey). A committee of four nursing faculty compared the curriculum of an exemplary practical nursing program with Brookdale's first-year courses and developed a three-phase process--Advanced Placement Seminar I, Advanced Placement Seminar II, and Nursing--to allow LPNs to enter the second year of the RN nursing education program. The content of the seminars built upon prior learning and filled in the identified gaps in the two levels of education. The science faculty developed two comparable seminars for the anatomy and physiology courses. A process was developed to enable the LPNs to earn credit by examination in these courses, which provides them with the strongest possible transcript if they wish to continue beyond the associate degree. Included in both nursing and science were class and college lab instruction and hospital practice and testing for the nursing component. At the completion of each phase, students were tested. Group and individual counseling sessions were held when indicated. The first enrollees in the program were enthusiastic about the program; it is expected that this new career mobility opportunity will enhance enrollment in the local vocational school for practical nursing and in the community college, where the transition program may be held more often. (Appendix B, which constitutes over half the document, contains unit outlines and performance check lists.) (KC)
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Articulation (Education), Career Ladders, Curriculum Development, Educational Planning, Equivalency Tests, Institutional Cooperation, Nurses, Nursing Education, Occupational Mobility, Program Content, Transfer Programs, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Brookdale Community Coll., Lincroft, NJ.