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Korean Journal of Child Health Nursing 2000;6(3):411-422.
A Survey of the Educational Demand for the Pediatric Nursing Curriculum in RN-BSN Students.
Kyoul Ja Cho, Kyoung Ah Kang, Shin Jeong Kim, Young Sook Moon, Kyung Hee Yoo, Ji Won Lee
1Department of Nursing Science, College of Medicine, Kyunghee University, Korea.
2Department of Nursing, Sahmyook University, Korea.
3Department of Nursing Science, Hallym University, Korea.
4Department of Nursing, Konyang University, Korea.
5Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Korea.
6Department of Nursing, Catholic University of Pusan, Korea.
Considering the rapid change of modern nursing knowledge, it is necessary to make changes in the curriculum of nursing education periodically according to the patient-nursing needs and the students' needs. This means that nursing education has to provide opportunities for the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Also, as the students of the RN-BSN program being all registered nurses, the education program for them is planned differently from the general undergraduate program. This study was conducted to establish the scope of educational contents of pediatric nursing in RN-BSN program. The contents of the pediatric nursing curriculum and its necessity was identified and reviewed. From June 5 to June 30 2000, data were collected from 309 RN-BSN students in 5 nursing schools. The questionnaire used for this study was developed by their researchers and the Korean Nursing Association and consisted of items according to the curriculum contents of pediatric nursing. The data were analyzed through frequency and percentages and was analyzed using SPSSWIN 10.0 programs. The results were as follows: 1.In the section surveying on the credits of pediatric theory and clinical practice, 3 out of 5 schools had 2 credits in theory (60.0%), and 2 credits for clinical practice in 2 schools, and 2 credits were given to the elective practice in 2 other schools. 2. In analyzing the degree of demand for lecture and clinical practice, 52.1% of students preferred lectures to be given by professors and 53.7% preferred their level of undergraduate knowledge updated and finally most of the students (81.9%) didn't want to do the clinical practice. 3.The students weighted the importance of current curriculum contents as follows : sex education of adolescence(60.8%), high-risk infant(59.5%), sex education of school age children(59.2%), the handicapped children (55.7%), health assessment(52.4%), children with pneumonia(51.5%), children with asthma (47.1%), children with burns(41.1%). In conclusion, there is a need for research to measure the degree of education satisfaction and needs in RN-BSN students and to improve the curriculum contents in pediatric nursing.
Key words: Educational demand; RN-BSN students; Pediatric nursing curriculum
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