ERIC Number: EJ1069836
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
What Professionalism Skills Should Be Taught in Community College Health Fields?
Fields, Kellee M.; Pretlow, Joshua, III.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v39 n11 p1065-1069 2015
The United States Department of Labor predicts the demand in healthcare sector careers to soar as patient demographics continue to change with the aging population of adults (Henderson, 2012). To meet this demand, community colleges will continue to play a vital role in the education of healthcare occupations, as nearly 60% of all healthcare workers are educated in these institutions. Furthermore, student demographics within community colleges are becoming more ethnically diverse. The dramatic changes in population and labor force composition suggest a more robust approach be taken when teaching professionalism skills. In order to promote student completion rates and recognize the evolving changes within the healthcare system, a health and public safety division within a large community college surveyed its faculty members and their clinical affiliates to determine what professional skills should be taught within an entry-level healthcare course. This brief paper describes the survey findings and implications for the development of a future healthcare professionalism course.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Online Surveys, College Faculty, Teacher Surveys, Health Occupations, Health Personnel, Department Heads, Professional Identity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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