ERIC Number: ED354030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Nursing Transition: An Individualized Course To Promote Mobility from the LVN to RN Role. Registered Nurse Shortage Project. Final Report.
Irwin, Marcia; Malague, Marianne
To address a regional shortage of registered nurses (RN's), a special transition course was developed at the North Harris Montgomery Community College District in Houston, Texas, to allow licensed vocational nurses to articulate into the second year of a two-year Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. Students completing the ADN program are eligible for licensure as RN's. Each week of the course includes 4 hours of lecture/discussion and seminar, and 12 hours of clinical activities. The course materials consist of a set of 10 Learning Activity Packages (LAP's) designed to prepare the students for upper level nursing courses. Each LAP consists of a pretest to determine knowledge of prerequisite concepts, a list of LAP objectives, required nursing skills, learning resources, individual exercises, clinical activities, and a post-test. There is an option to take each post-test before starting the LAP, with students receiving a grade of at least 70% exempted from the learning activities for that LAP. The bulk of this report consists of the 10 complete LAP's used in the course: (1) Introduction to the Transition course; (2) The Role of the Nurse; (3) Communication; (4) Perception; (5) The Nursing Process; (6) Fluid and Electrolytes; (7) Cellular Metabolism I; (8) Cellular Metabolism II; (9) Transport of Oxygen (Section I), and Transport of Nutrients and Waste (Section II); and (10) Motorsensory (Transport II). Of the 24 students enrolled in the transition course in spring 1992, 22 successfully completed the course. Results of students evaluations and recommendations are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Associate Degrees, Community Colleges, Course Content, Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, Independent Study, Individualized Instruction, Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Learning Activities, Learning Modules, Nurses, Nursing Education, Two Year Colleges, Units of Study
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.; Metropolitan Life Foundation.
Authoring Institution: North Harris Montgomery Community Coll. District, Houston, TX.