ERIC Number: ED463401
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating the Outcomes of Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Programmes.
Redshaw, Margaret; Hart, Bev; Harvey, Merryl; Harris, Anne
The outcomes of advanced neonatal nurse practitioner (ANNP) programs in the United Kingdom were examined. The different programs of education currently available for nurses wishing to become ANNPs were compared, and the outcomes of ANNP programs, as demonstrated in the levels of performance of practitioners undertaking different programs, were evaluated. Parents' perceptions of the ANNP's role were explored, and the career intentions and attrition rates of those completing or undertaking specific ANNP programs were mapped. Data were collected through the following activities: analysis of documentary material and information for eight ANNP programs; self-completion questionnaires completed by 297 NNPs, NNP students, midwifery managers, and clinicians; semi-structured interviews with 20 NNPs and 12 parents; diary checklists completed by 68 NNPs and 25 senior house officers; and observations of 30 NNPs. The programs reviewed differed significantly from one another in the following respects: academic levels, qualifications, assessment strategies, and goals in terms of clinical practice. Nearly half the students stated that their educational programs had not adequately linked clinical practice with theory. The study established that comparable standards, validation documentation, and core curricula must be developed for NNP programs throughout the United Kingdom. (Contains 79 tables/figures and 71 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Career Choice, Career Development, Change Strategies, Clinical Teaching (Health Professions), Comparative Analysis, Competence, Core Curriculum, Curriculum Evaluation, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Educational Supply, Educational Trends, Employment Patterns, Employment Qualifications, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Infant Care, Job Performance, Labor Needs, Literature Reviews, Needs Assessment, Neonates, Nurse Practitioners, Nursing Education, Obstetrics, Occupational Information, Outcomes of Education, Parent Attitudes, Professional Education, Program Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Theory Practice Relationship, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, London.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom