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Reforming Nurses: Historicizing the Carnegie Foundation’s Report on Educating Nurses

Reforming Nurses: Historicizing the Carnegie Foundation’s Report on Educating Nurses NOTES AND DOCUMENTS Reforming Nurses: Historicizing the Carnegie Foundation’s Report on Educating Nurses Kathryn Scharton University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Certainly no form of education can make for thoroughness or can fully fit for business of life that does not recognize an equal training in this great trinity—mind, body, and soul. —Isabel Hampton Robb, 1903 In 2009, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching published the long awaited Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation. In keeping with several other recent studies of the education of lawyers, clergy, engineers, and physicians, also funded by the Carnegie Foundation, Educating Nurses surveys existing systems of professional nursing education and identifies areas for development. Educating Nurses calls for a complete restructuring of nurse education in the United States. The study’s author and lead researcher, Patricia Benner, found current nursing education practices inadequate to meet the growing demands of clinical practice. Nurses now work with increasingly complex patient scenarios, rapidly changing technology, and in environments pressed by external changes. Multiple educational routes into professional nursing practice complicate the problem. Nurses prepared at the diploma, associate, and bachelor levels are all eligible for Registered Nurse licensure. The study calls for nurses to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Reforming Nurses: Historicizing the Carnegie Foundation’s Report on Educating Nurses

Nursing History Review , Volume 21 (1): 12 – Jan 1, 2013

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NOTES AND DOCUMENTS Reforming Nurses: Historicizing the Carnegie Foundation’s Report on Educating Nurses Kathryn Scharton University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Certainly no form of education can make for thoroughness or can fully fit for business of life that does not recognize an equal training in this great trinity—mind, body, and soul. —Isabel Hampton Robb, 1903 In 2009, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching published the long awaited Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation. In keeping with several other recent studies of the education of lawyers, clergy, engineers, and physicians, also funded by the Carnegie Foundation, Educating Nurses surveys existing systems of professional nursing education and identifies areas for development. Educating Nurses calls for a complete restructuring of nurse education in the United States. The study’s author and lead researcher, Patricia Benner, found current nursing education practices inadequate to meet the growing demands of clinical practice. Nurses now work with increasingly complex patient scenarios, rapidly changing technology, and in environments pressed by external changes. Multiple educational routes into professional nursing practice complicate the problem. Nurses prepared at the diploma, associate, and bachelor levels are all eligible for Registered Nurse licensure. The study calls for nurses to

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2013

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