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ERIC Number: ED293587
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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The Community College Role in the Education of Professional Nurses.
Rubini, Susan
A study was conducted to determine the effects of selected personal, work, and educational variables on student attitudes toward the nursing profession and the health care system. Specifically, the study sought to determine whether the variables of age, sex, race, marital status, licensed vocational nurse (LVN) status, the awarding of credit for the LVN license, other certificates and academic degrees, students' level in the nursing program, and amount/type of prior work experience affected students' perceptions of the need to reform educational and financial aspects of the health care system and their perceptions of the associate degree. Responses from 1,434 students attending 20 associate degree-granting institutions in southern California revealed that there were two distinct groups of students, "professional" and "technical," with separate views of the nursing profession and the health care system. Minority students and students with prior bedside nursing experience had less reformist attitudes, while students with prior baccalaureate degrees had less bedside experience and more reformist attitudes. Based on study findings and an analysis of the current structure of the nursing profession, it was concluded that the efficiency of short-term training and the quality of professionalism and advanced education could be combined in a more equitable system through an articulated educational sequence based on bedside care. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A