ERIC Number: ED460708
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Reaching out: Associate Degree Nursing Programs at Work. A Report of the AACC/MetLife Registered Nurse Shortage Project, 1989-1995.
Humbert, Pamela, Ed.; Barnett, Lynn, Ed.
This report summarizes the results of the six-year-long Registered Nurse Shortage Project, a study of 27 community college nursing program models that were designed to attract more students. The study was conducted by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), in collaboration with the Metropolitan Life Foundation, in response to reports of acute shortages of nurses, and a continuing trend in decreasing numbers of nursing graduates. The project encouraged community colleges to develop initiatives to recruit nursing students from specific groups, such as minority and male students, firemen and paramedics, and LVN/LPN program participants. Colleges were also invited to establish or strengthen relationships between the college and local health care providers. For each of the college programs, a description is provided, which includes a project overview, accomplishments, the challenges faced and keys to success, and whether the program was to be continued beyond the six-year span. Examples of successful programs included a cooperative 2 plus 2 Tech Prep/Associate Degree curriculum developed with a local high school, the creation of a course of study to bridge the gap between the LPN and RN curriculum, and a linkage with an ESL program to help students with limited English achieve success in the registered nurse program. Includes a list of 41 additional resources. (VF)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, Community Colleges, Enrollment Trends, Nurses, Nursing Education, Program Development, School Business Relationship, Student Recruitment, Two Year Colleges
American Association of Community Colleges, National Center for Higher Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-728-0200; Fax: 202-833-2467.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Foundation.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.