Nursing and Health Vol. 2(6), pp. 131 - 136
DOI: 10.13189/nh.2014.020605
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The Road Now Taken: Addressing the Needs of the LPN Returning to Academia


Nancy Hinchcliffe Duphily *
Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA, United States

ABSTRACT

The Road Taken: Addressing the Needs of the LPN Returning to Academia. The purpose of this article is to present and to highlight a newly created course created to support the educational needs of the LPN returning to academia for a baccalaureate degree in nursing. From an extensive literature review, and in discussions with practicing LPNs, LPNs in Bridge programs, staff nurses, nursing educators, and nursing administrators, this need was identified. Their contributions regarding what to include/omit in an LPN to BSN transition program provided its focus, that of supporting this population of nurses who articulate areas they consider challenging and often times overwhelming in their return to the educational setting. The intent of this article is that the reader will: 1acknowledge the experience and skills that LPNs bring to the educational table. 2. describe the process of scaffolding new knowledge onto an existing solid nursing foundation. 3. identify the need for a seamless and successful transition to the new professional role. 4. discuss the challenges and strategies surrounding areas of successful role acquisition. 5. examine the purpose and rationale for the design of an introductory "Transitions" course.

KEYWORDS
Transition, Advanced Practice, Professionalism, Autonomy, Role Change

Cite This Paper in IEEE or APA Citation Styles
(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Nancy Hinchcliffe Duphily , "The Road Now Taken: Addressing the Needs of the LPN Returning to Academia," Nursing and Health, Vol. 2, No. 6, pp. 131 - 136, 2014. DOI: 10.13189/nh.2014.020605.

(b). APA Format:
Nancy Hinchcliffe Duphily (2014). The Road Now Taken: Addressing the Needs of the LPN Returning to Academia. Nursing and Health, 2(6), 131 - 136. DOI: 10.13189/nh.2014.020605.