Curriculum Analysis of Home Health Content in Associate Degree and Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Education


  • Margo R. Zink Ed. D., R.N.

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    1. Margo Zink was recently Assistant Professor with the College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, and is currently Assistant Professor with the School of Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
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A statewide study was done with five associate degree (ADN) and five baccalaureate degree (BSN) nursing programs in Georgia to examine the similarities and differences in curriculum based on a nationally used model. From this overall study, select content related to community/home health care was evaluated in the sample programs. Professional standards for community and home health care nursing practice, as well as other published literature on the topic, provided a basis to determine competence to practice. Data were collected through a taped telephone interview to all program chairpersons (N = 10) and mailed questionnaires to faculty involved with all required courses (N=110). Content analyses of responses allowed for evaluation of frequency of these learning activities between ADN and BSN programs and among BSN programs in the areas of family, teaching, interdisciplinary collaboration, physical assessment, and leadership. Overall, the results indicated lack of conclusive data to support a distinct difference in these educational components between the ADN and BSN sample or among BSN programs. The study was intended to servce as a basis for home health care curriculum development in the future.