Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

Education News

Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

Education News

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WHAT IS NEW at your school of nursing? Please contact Nursing and Health Care Perspectives, c/o Leslie Block, Publications Manager, National League for Nursing, 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006; fax 212/812-0393; lblock@nln.org.

Grand Valley State

The Kirkhof School of Nursing at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, is collaborating with high school guidance counselors to bring nursing courses to the high schools and encourage teenagers, both boys and girls, to consider nursing as a professional goal. The university has a dual enrollment program that allows high school students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to earn college credits while still in high school. Beginning in 2001, two courses from the KSON curriculum, taught by professional nursing faculty from the university school of nursing, will be included in this program. These courses will be optional for high school students and will be taught at the end of the school day to facilitate attendance. It is hoped that this program will attract students from minority groups and promote diversity in nursing education.

The first course to be offered is Exploration in Nursing, a two-credit introduction to the discipline of professional nursing, including historical, educational, and theoretical development. This is the first course in the nursing program. It is usually taken by first-year college students and designed for both nursing majors and those considering nursing as a career. Through partnerships with employment settings such as hospitals, county health departments, and home health agencies, students will have an opportunity to observe nursing role models in a variety of practice settings.

The second course, Self-Health and Wellness, will be offered in the fall of 2001 to local area high schools. This two-credit course, which is required for the nursing program and usually taken by second-year college students, emphasizes interdisciplinary theories and models of health and wellness. The course introduces concepts of health promotion and includes activities to assess and promote one's own health. Nonnursing students may take this course as an elective.

University of Maryland

Students from Baltimore's 26 middle schools are being encouraged to apply for admission to the new Professional Nursing Academy, a small learning environment designed to create a seamless pathway between public school education and baccalaureate nursing education. This new high school will open in September 2001 with approximately 100 freshmen. The academy is the result of ongoing collaboration between the University of Maryland School of Nursing and the Baltimore City Public Schools. It receives support from the Abell Foundation.

Special efforts will be made to attract boys and children of diverse backgrounds. A summer bridge program after the eighth grade will help children who may have special learning needs. …

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