ERIC Number: ED322983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Comparative Study of Vocational Nursing Curriculum and Employer Requirements. October 1989-September 1990.
Zylinski, Doris; McMahon, Barbara
To create the foundation for the development of a model curriculum for the 1990's for the training of Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN), Napa Valley college conducted a statewide study comparing vocational nursing program curricula with employer requirements. To assist the study, an advisory committee was established, which included practicing nurses, and representatives from nursing programs, care provider agencies, and the licensing board. Through a series of questionnaires, data was collected from employers of vocational nurses (118 questionnaires returned out of 258 sent out), from accredited vocational nursing programs (47 questionnaires returned for a 60.8% response rate), and from currently employed LVN's (56 questionnaires returned for a 25% response rate). Five regional workshops were held in May and June 1990 with 85 nursing educators and administrators attending to validate the data and make recommendations for a model curriculum to meet current service needs, taking into account affirmative action concerns and requirements. Major findings of the study included the following: (1) the need for LVN's is increasing; (2) graduates are currently meeting the needs of agencies; (3) the need for LVN certification in intravenous therapy and blood withdrawal skills is increasing; and (4) there exists a need for student assistance in basic skills, English as a Second Language, and access to child care. Appendixes include extensive graphic data tables, the names of advisory committee members, and copies of the study questionnaires; model curriculum components are outlined. (JMC)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Employee Attitudes, Employment Patterns, Employment Potential, Graphs, Medical Care Evaluation, Nurses, Nursing Education, Questionnaires, State Standards, State Surveys, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Authoring Institution: Napa Valley Coll., Napa, CA.