ERIC Number: ED314127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
"Success in Nursing": A Primary Intervention Course.
Coker, Linda; And Others
GAIN (Getting Assistance in Nursing) is a federally-funded program designed to recruit and retain high-risk nursing students. One aspect of the GAIN program is a three-credit developmental course to prepare educationally and economically disadvantaged students for required nursing courses. The course, "Success in Nursing," consists of two classroom lecture hours and 2 hours of group laboratory activity each week for one semester. Focusing on academic and self-improvement, the course offers instruction in study skills, reading and comprehension skills, self-actualization, and critical thinking. The group laboratory hours emphasize classroom participation rather than grades. During the fall and spring semesters of 1987 and 1988, 62 students were enrolled in the "Success in Nursing" course. A battery of four tests was administered the first and last weeks of each semester to determine any changes in reading and math skills, locus of control, and self-acceptance during the course. The tests showed that a majority of students experienced improvement in their reading and math abilities, and an increased self-acceptance and internal locus of control. (WJT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette.