ERIC Number: ED281983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Utilization Patterns of Vocational Nurses with Implications for Licensed Vocational Nurses Curriculum.
Harkreader, Helen; And Others
A descriptive study documented entry-level licensed vocational nurse (LVN) tasks representing educational competencies as perceived by vocational nursing educators, LVNs, and nurse supervisors. Data were gathered from three samples by mailed survey and analyzed using nonparametric descriptive statistics. The respondents included 83 educators, 148 employed LVNs, and 170 supervisors. Three interrelated roles were identified: provider of care, communicator, and a member within nursing. The role of provider of care was subdivided into four steps of the nursing process: assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating. The other two roles were inherent in the tasks of the role as a provider of care. Data analysis demonstrated a difference in the perceptions of vocational nursing educators, LVNs, and nursing supervisors on entry-level expectations for vocational nurses. Nursing educators were teaching more than was expected by nursing supervisors in the first year of vocational nursing practice. Entry-level LVNs reported their actual performance to be at a higher level than was expected by nursing supervisors or taught by nursing educators. In general, study results showed supervisors can differentiate a level of nursing practice consistent with most of the Texas Association of Vocational Nurse Educators' educational competencies for entry-level LVN practice. The LVN was expected to develop a professional level of nursing practice at the staff nurse level. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Austin Community Coll., TX.