ERIC Number: ED461727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec-15
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Adaptive Competency Acquisition: Why LPN-to-ADN Career Mobility Education Programs Work.
Coyle-Rogers, Patricia G.
Adaptive competencies are the skills required to effectively complete a particular task and are the congruencies (balance) between personal skills and task demands. The differences between the adaptive competency acquisition of students in licensed practical nurse (LPN) programs and associate degree nurse (ADN) programs were examined in a quasiexperimental study. A 34-item profile and a 3-question demographic assessment were administered to 30 students enrolled in the final quarter of an LPN program and 41 students enrolled in the beginning quarter of an ADN program. Individual scores and group means for the individual Likert-type scale responses were determined. No significant differences were found in how the students enrolled in the LPN program and students enrolled in the ADN program developed the following types of competencies: (1) accommodative competencies; (2) assimilative competencies; (3) convergent competencies; and (4) divergent competencies. Gender, age, and previous health care experiences did not appear to factor into acquisition of adaptive competencies. The study supported the articulation concept by providing data establishing that articulating programs is a viable option in nursing education. The study was said to support the new approaches being advocated by nurse educators, which places value on the variety of educational backgrounds that foster development of competency types, both conceptual and practical, that enable graduates to function effectively in changing work environments and situations. (Contains 14 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Associate Degrees, Career Development, Career Ladders, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Competence, Educational Mobility, Employment Qualifications, High Schools, Job Skills, Models, Nurses, Nursing Education, Postsecondary Education, Prior Learning, Quasiexperimental Design, Skill Development
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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