Accelerated Nursing Programs. Ferris State University Stephanie Mansfield. Question at Issue. Are accelerated nursing programs effective?. Purpose.
Ferris State University
Are accelerated nursing programs effective?
(Korvick,, Wisener, 2008)
According to Cangelosi and Whitt, “The first accelerated second-degree program in the United Sates was a one-year program offered by Saint Louis University in 1971.” Since that time these programs have been on the rise with 10 programs offered across the United States in 1998 to more than 133 currently.
(Cangelosi, Whitt, 2005)
The demand for accelerated programs has only increased in recent years due in part to high unemployment rates, those looking to make a change in their lives or career path and even September 11th has been cited as a reason for the increase due to others wanting to make a difference in peoples lives.
(Cangelosi, Whitt, 2005)
Abraham Maslow developed a theory of human needs to articulate that “All people want to be the best that they can possibly be. (Alligood, Tomey , 2010, p. 540)”
We can see how this theory comes into play with accelerated learning. When a person becomes motivated to make a change in their life and those around them they are taking the steps to move toward self-actualization… the highest point in Maslow’s pyramid.
Modeling- “The art of modeling is the development of a mirror image of the situation from the clients perspective”
Role-Modeling- “Role-Modeling is the essence of nurturance, it requires an unconditional acceptance.”
Helen C. Erickson
Evelyn M. Tomlin
Mary Ann P. Swain
While the major concepts of this model focus on nursing as a whole we can apply to those seeking to further their education by simple observance. Students or nurses may see their coworkers modeling a behavior, or mastering the task of an accelerated program, work, and inadvertently become not only a role model but the very inspiration for many to return to school.
(Alligood, Tomey, 2010, p. 541)
Early exposure to clinical experiences and clinical time.
Maturity due to many students having previous careers
Flexibility due to the rapidly changing environment of an accelerated program
Independence and time-management are facilitated through accelerated learning
Critical Thinking not enough time to synthesize information
Life financial, emotional, physical, employment, families
(Caldwell, Tenofsky, and Nugent 2010)
(Caldwell, Tenofsky, and Nugent, 2010)