Nursing careers for the homeless: a curriculum for success.
The Nursing Careers for Homeless People Project (NCHPP) is a comprehensive multi-dimensional academic and social strategy designed to assist homeless individuals who have an interest and aptitude for nursing to achieve career mobility in nursing. NCHPP is a 2-phase project: (1) a Pre-Admission Readiness Program (PRP) and (2) the Collegiate Phase. The 3-month PRP focuses on socialization to nursing, building self-concept, academic enhancement, and career exploration. The Collegiate Phase includes academic, social, and financial support, as well as assistance with job placement and follow-up. NCHPP has enrolled 96 students to the PRP since 1994 and graduated 70 students or 73%. Fifty-three percent of the PRP graduates were admitted to a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Associate of Science (AS) program in nursing, and 54% of the PRP graduates are employed in health oriented positions. Two students from the first group of PRP graduates are scheduled to receive the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 1999. There have not been any graduates from associate degree programs due to part-time attendance, long waiting lists for entry into the nursing program, and transfer of students from the AS program to the BS program. Although there are many challenges and obstacles faced by homeless people, the NCHPP has succeeded in decreasing welfare rolls, unemployment, and poverty.
Powell, DL; Lee, NT; Nichols, SA; Kamara, P; Sawyer, EM
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