ERIC Number: ED340868
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Comparing Selected Characteristics, Competency, and Performance in the Clinical Setting of Associate Degree, Diploma, and Baccalaureate Prepared Registered Nurses: A Review of Related Research.
Petersen, Dale F.
A literature review was conducted to find evidence that bachelor-degree prepared registered nurses (RNs) perform sufficiently better than associate degree or diploma-prepared RNs to justify a change in status proposed by the American Nurses Association. Three computer databases were searched as well as the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature. The search identified, among other research, three earlier reviews conducted in 1979, 1981, and 1983, respectively. All three reviews reported little evidence of differences in graduates of the three types of programs. Although some studies show differences among graduates in some variables, the current review found no evidence that any type of graduates should be rated better or higher than others. The study also found that the majority of RNs do not support the proposed changes in nurse status. The review concluded that the entry into nursing proposal advanced by the American Nurses Association must be seriously questioned in terms of need, appropriateness, and impact on nurses and on the health care system. (41 references) (KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines. Bureau of Career Education.
Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City.