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Health Dept. Releases Second Report on Status of PA Nurses Education Programs

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from pa state nurses association e-newsletter:

health dept. releases second report on status of pa nurses education programs

report shows 50 percent of all attrition was due to failure to meet academic standards

harrisburg: health secretary dr. calvin b. johnson today released the results of the second report to provide insight on characteristics of the registered nurse and licensed practical nurse education programs in pennsylvania.

the report is based on the data provided in the 2003 nursing education program annual reports that were submitted to the state board of nursing by 125 nursing education programs in pennsylvania. it provides information such as student enrollment status, the number of faculty, the number of graduates, student attrition and clinical practice placement capacity of professional and practical nursing education programs.

major findings for nursing education programs in pennsylvania include:

  • out of 67 counties in pennsylvania, 20 do not have either practical nursing or registered nursing programs. nineteen of these counties are defined as rural counties by the 1990 u.s. census definition.
  • the number of students enrolled in rn programs increased by 59 percent from 9,859 to 15,651 between 1999 and 2003.
  • the number of students enrolled in lpn programs increased by 63 percent from 1,704 to 2,772 between 1999 and 2003.
  • the number of faculty employed in nursing education programs increased from 1,445 to 1,961 in rn programs and from 240 to 544 in lpn programs between 1999 and 2003.
  • since 1999, the number of newly hired, part-time nursing education faculty has significantly exceeded those hired as full-time with the exception of rn-diploma programs. in 2003, the newly hired, part-time faculty was four times higher than newly hired full-time faculty in rn-baccalaureate degree (bs), rn-associate degree (ad) and lpn programs.
  • the percentages of part-time faculty with required degrees were significantly lower than those of full-time faculty with required degrees.
  • between 2002 and 2003, the number of nursing school graduates increased with the exception of rn-bs programs, which showed a slight decrease.
  • rn-bs programs maintained the lowest attrition rates between the years of 2000 and 2003.
  • fifty percent of all attrition was due to failure to meet the academic standards.
  • seventy percent of rn-bs and 68 percent of rn-ad programs indicated difficulty in obtaining clinical sites for student experience, while 28 percent of rn-dip programs and 52 percent of lpn programs indicated difficulty.
  • the area of most difficulty for finding clinical placements for student experience was pediatrics, followed by obstetrics, psychiatry and community health programs.
  • sixty-three percent of rn programs and 42 percent of lpn programs offered a nursing licensure examination review course.

the department of health collaborated with the department of state's bureau of professional and occupational affairs to identify the nature and scope of data available through the state board of nursing and to determine its usefulness in addressing the nursing workforce issue. it will continue the efforts of collecting and analyzing data on nursing education programs available through the board of nursing to address the nursing workforce shortage issue.

in addition to the "ship report on the status of nursing education programs in pennsylvania," the department of health previously released reports on surveys of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, physicians, dentists and dental hygienists. all reports are available online at the ship link on the department's web site at www.health.state.pa.us.

pennsylvania's state health improvement plan (ship) link: all programs

http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?a=169&q=201421

ship report on the status of nursing education programs

http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/lib/health/nursingeducation2004.pdf

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Well, what kind of uses could info like this be put to?

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NRSKarenRN has 43 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

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new! ship - white paper - the nurse workforce in pennsylvania - june, 2004 - analyzes three primary issues facing health workforce planners today: student nurse recruiment and education; nurse retention in the work environment; and assessment of the shortage of nurses in pennsylvania. the report provides eleven major recommendations to support system-based solutions.

http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/lib/health/nursewhitepaper.pdf

oramar, you should enjoy reading this 67 page report. ;)

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Altra is a BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency & Trauma/Adult ICU.

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Because I'm up late & can't seem to sleep, I scanned through the white paper. :rolleyes:

Some interesting factoids scattered throughout ...

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing administers a standard licensure examination for all RN/LPN graduates. The tests for RN are standardized, and are the same for AD, BS, and Diploma school nursing graduates. The same applies to graduates of LPN programs. Table 5 summarizes data received from the National Council Licensure Examination for RN graduates and LPN graduates in Pennsylvania and the

United States for 2003:

Table 5

Percentage of RN/LPN Graduates That Passed the License Examination

The First Time - Pennsylvania and United States, 200338

Program PA U.S.

RN

AD 82.16% 86.97%

BS 84.01% 86.87%

DIP 88.25% 89.73%

LPN 90.35% 88.21%

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Havin' A Party! has 10 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in ICU, CM, Geriatrics, Management.

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Good report, K.

Thanks!

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I was quite rivited and I am not being facetious. Now I am going back and reading all the links. Lot of those looked quite interesting also.

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