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ERIC Number: ED407030
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Pages: 8
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Walking the Tightrope of Collaboration: The Challenges.
McRae, Kit
In response to the Canadian Nurses Association's mandate that a baccalaureate degree be required for all practicing nurses by the year 2000, the Calgary Conjoint Nursing Program (CCNP) was developed by faculty from a 2-year college-based diploma program, a 3-year hospital-based program, and a 4-year university-based program. With initial planning beginning in 1987, approval was granted for a 6-year trial in 1993, although due to budget cuts, the hospital-based program was discontinued. As implemented, the CCNP offers a baccalaureate degree through the University of Calgary, while students who choose the diploma option graduate after 3 years from Mount Royal College. A common fee structure was developed for students attending either institution, while students have access to all library and recreational facilities. Student advising has been an integral component, while provincial reductions in hospital funding have necessitated greater attention to recruitment and retention. In response to workload and communication considerations, a student flow model was developed and a Communications Coordinator was hired. Also, a program advisory committee was established and an outside evaluator was hired. Benefits of the program include better preparation for graduates, increased access to the baccalaureate degree, and a more efficient use of resources, while a major challenge is the need for greater flexibility to accommodate high school students, transfers, and students who already have a degree in another discipline. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; Canada (Calgary)