ERIC Number: ED409443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
A New Focus for Allied Health Occupations. Trends and Issues Alerts.
Brown, Bettina Lankard
Health care reform is changing the way in which health care is provided and altering the role of allied health professionals, especially nurses. This report examines how education can be responsive to the emerging needs of nurses and other allied health professionals. The diverse settings in which diverse populations are served requires the collaboration of teams of health care providers. Few schools for health professionals provide opportunities for interdisciplinary experiences, even though the holistic care of patients requires such perspective. Health education programs and curricula must incorporate collaborative, interdisciplinary classroom and clinical experiences for nursing and other allied health students. To accommodate the shift in health care focus from disease and illness to health and wellness, clinical experiences must reflect the movement into the community. Teaching philosophies, teacher-student relationship, classroom structure, and evolution of curriculum are at the heart of pedagogical change. Learning has moved beyond mastery of content/skill to lifelong learning concepts that require continuous engagement in critical thinking, questioning, and problem solving in context. Educational experiences must involve active learning with regard to health care access, quality, and cost containment. Clinical and community experiences working with practicing health care professionals and engaging in self-directed learning enhance students' acquisition and application of knowledge and promote lifelong learning. (Contains an annotated listing of 15 resources.) (YLB)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.