ERIC Number: ED437097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Statewide Look at the Preparation of Nurses for the 21st Century.
With a clear focus on the needs of consumers in Montana, the task force for the Commissioner of Higher Education developed recommendations for nursing education that address access, articulation, and diversity. In its needs assessment, the task force determined that there is currently a shortage of licensed nursing personnel in Montana and that the shortage can reasonably be expected to escalate in the foreseeable future. The task force also finds that educational mobility within the state is lacking and that upwardly mobile nurses are leaving Montana to further their education. The task force reviewed a wide range of options for nursing education and developed full consensus on the plan of action as outlined in this report. The plan calls for: (1) clarity of focus on the consumer: students, employers, and patients; (2) articulation: based on a common core and sequence of nursing courses, and agreement on competencies to be demonstrated for exit from education/entry to service or further education; (3) differentiation of the work of nurses at all levels-Baccalaureate RN, Associate RN, and Licensed Practical Nurse--based on respect for all levels of nursing and on the core competencies; and (4) partnerships at a variety of levels between educational programs and between education, service, and regulation. (VWC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Articulation (Education), Diversity (Institutional), Educational Assessment, Educational Needs, Educational Opportunities, Educational Planning, Higher Education, Long Range Planning, Needs Assessment, Nursing Education, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Statewide Planning, Student Needs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Montana State Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, Helena.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Montana