ERIC Number: ED307919
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Transforming Articulation Barriers in Nursing.
Barriers to educational mobility for nurses have existed since the mid-1960s. In 1963, the National League for Nursing (NLN) adopted a position that ruled out articulation of any kind between associate degree in nursing (ADN) and bachelors in science in nursing (BSN) programs. In the mid-1970s, a countermovement took shape, supporting open curricula and articulation. Many barriers to articulation remain, including: (1) long-standing dubiousness among BSN educators about the educational qualifications of students trained in a "terminal" program; (2) the labeling of registered nurses (RNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) as having an "RN (or LVN) mentality"; (3) institutional and regional unevenness in programming; (4) conflicting perceptions of the equivalency of ADN and BSN courses, and the unwillingness of educators to accept that the courses have both differences and similarities that must be taken into account to create articulated programs; and (6) students' resentment about duplicating coursework. Such obstacles can be overcome through partnerships to support mobility for employed RNs and LVNs, continued work on the differentiation of the content of pre-licensure nursing programs, discretion and flexibility in decisions about upper-and lower-division courses and transfer credit, specific articulation agreements between institutions, and the promotion of a pluralistic educational system. Ultimately, the unprecedented diversity in student demographics of the future will be the compelling rationale which brings about a predictable educational system in nursing. (JMC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (69th, Washington, DC, March 29-April 1, 1989).