ERIC Number: ED486159
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
From the Entry Level to Licensed Practical Nurse: Four Case Studies of Career Ladders in Health Care
Jobs for the Future
This report is part of Advancement for Low-Wage Workers: A Series of Reports from Jobs for the Future. Jobs for the Future develops models, strategies, and policies that enable adults to advance toward economic self-sufficiency for themselves and their families. Drawing on innovative workforce development efforts around the country, our publications, tool kits, and other resources respond to the challenges to advancement for low-wage workers. This series of documents seeks to elevate discussion of this critical issue within and outside the workforce field. Fueled by government funding and increased employer investment in "grow your own" strategies to address the severe shortage of nurses, a handful of innovative Licensed Practical Nurse training programs has arisen to serve low-income adults working in entry-level health care. These programs share several features that set them apart from traditional LPN training programs and account for their success in helping low-income working adults with limited education enter and complete demanding LPN training programs: (1) They provide intensive academic remediation in math, reading, and writing to prepare students for college-level work and pass program entrance exams; (2) They offer part-time or evening/weekend schedules so that participants can continue working while they are in school; and (3) They provide formal tutoring and counseling support to students once they enter the program to help them meet the demands of school, work, and family. Most important, they incorporate their programs of study into well-defined steps of employer-sponsored career ladder programs that offer financial support, classes at or near the work site, and clear rewards in pay and promotion for successful completion of each step. Sponsoring employers typically pay tuition costs in return for the student's commitment to continue to work for them for a period of time upon graduation. While the programs profiled here share many similarities, they vary in the types of educational providers they use and the nature of program sponsorship. Two programs use community colleges to provide training, another uses a non-profit vocational school, and another runs its own vocational LPN program. Program sponsors include a large nursing home employer, a jointly administered union-management training fund, a community college-initiated partnership with local nursing home employers, and a Workforce Investment Board-initiated partnership with local area hospitals. List of Interviews is appended.
Descriptors: Nursing Education, Nurses, Community Colleges, Vocational Schools, Low Income Groups, Occupational Mobility, Labor Force Development, Partnerships in Education, Case Studies
Jobs for the Future, 88 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02110. Tel: 617-728-4446; Web site: http://www.jff.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.