ERIC Number: ED375891
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
The Feasibility of an Evening LPN to RN Transition Program.
Donsky, Aaron P.; Cox, Samuel C.
In an attempt to handle the shortage of registered nurses (RN's), many institutions have designed articulation programs to move licensed practical nurses (LPN's) into RN programs. Research describes LPN's as nontraditional adult learners with family responsibilities who must work full-time while in school. Many are anxious about returning to the classroom. With these considerations in mind, some scholars in the field recommend that LPN-to-RN transition programs be separate from the second year of the RN program and that they be constituted to reflect the specific needs of adult learners. For example, these programs should be convenient and cost-efficient for a working adult; be limited to a few days a week; include only LPN's; have individualized learning components; and provide all necessary student learning support. To investigate the feasibility of a LPN-to-RN transition program, Seminole Community College (SCC) in Florida utilized the services of a direct mail service to identify LPN's and a telemarketing firm to conduct telephone interviews. Using a random sample of 500, 251 LPN's were contacted. The survey found that: (1) 62.2% were over the age of 40; (2) 71.3% had been practicing for 10 years or more; (3) 33.5% were employed in a hospital; (4) 15.5% were employed in a doctor's office; (5) 51.2% worked 40 or more hours per week; (6) 51.8% had an interest in studying part-time to become an RN; (7) 46.5% preferred evening classes, 31.8% day classes, and 21.7% weekends; (8) 57.4% preferred a 1 year, 20-hour per week program; and (9) the biggest reasons for delaying RN education were time, inconvenient class times, and cost. The study report includes the survey instrument and detailed results. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Seminole Community Coll., Sanford, FL.
Note: Conducted for Seminole Community College Nursing Department.