ERIC Number: ED406575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Limited Career Pathways: Occupational Challenges for Women and Girls in the Medical Field. Executive Summary. Research Briefs.
Silverman, Suzanne; Pritchard, Alice
A 2-year investigation was conducted of Connecticut's high school medical careers programs and the career opportunities available to students, particularly females, who have graduated from them. Research conducted in two phases in four communities involved the following activities: site visits of high school medical careers programs and student placements at hospitals and nursing homes; interviews of administrators, students, employment officers, and guidance counselors; focus groups of all stakeholders; observations; and exploration of the options and requirements of higher-level medical careers. The analysis yielded four major findings: (1) graduates of medical careers programs often lack the academic skills, particularly in science and mathematics, to enter higher-level nursing and other medical fields; (2) Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) training offers an alternative to higher-level nursing with fewer academic requirements; (3) certified nursing assistant programs focus on specific job skills needed for immediate employment rather than career exploration in a variety of different medical fields; and (4) despite students' career goals, many staff do not expect them to move beyond entry-level medical positions. Recommendations were made for more rigorous high school curriculum, particularly in mathematics and science in the medical careers program, and broader work experience and career information for students. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford. Bureau of Applied Curriculum, Technology and Career Information.
Authoring Institution: Vocational Equity Research, Training and Evaluation Center, Hartford, CT.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut