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ARDCULADONMODEL NURSINGTHE PENNSYLVANIAIntroductionIn responseto a social mandatefor efficiency in facilitating nursing educationinThe PennsylvaniaHigher Education nursing SchoolsAssociation,the Commonwealth.Inc. (pHENSA) then commissioned a Task Force composed of educators representingbaccalaureate, associate, diploma and practical programs to develop a state-wide nursingstartingaasModelof Colorado's Model and all subsequentdecisionsof the Task Force that producedthe PennsylvaniaNursing Articulation Modelwere made by group consensus. The goal of the Pennsylvania Nursing ArticulationModel is to facilitate educational mobility for practical and registered nurses in theRecognizing prior learning and sharededucational experiences,theCommonwealth.Pennsylvania model combines that which already exists in Pennsylvania with theinto form an approachto educationalmobility for nurses.modeluniquethe ColoradoisfromPennsylvaniarequirements.without repetition or ionPennsylvaniaavailable. Each program has its own objectives, admission criteria and progressionThe point in their deliberations. orceTaskThearticulation model.

eevaluationsagenciesnationalwhoseAll programs, however, are reviewed, approved and/or accredited by core of nursing knowledge exists.The following statements support the need for an articulation model inPennsylvania.There is a variety of entry level nursing educationprogramsin Pennsylvania;there are 51 practical, 29 diploma, 26 associate degree and 39 baccalaureate degreenursingprogramsin Pennsylvania. Approximately 300/0of the nation's nurses are educated in Pennsylvania* Program admission,progression,and transfer criteria vary with no uniformapproachto articulation.Content overlap within and betweeneducationalprogramsis costly and time-consuming.Assumotionsof the ModelEach educational institution has the prerogative of establishing its uniqueI,mission,goals,and standardsfor admission,progression,and graduation2. Articulation is the process through which nursing programs NLNandapprovalState3.facilitate educational progress of students without repetition a graduateof a Pennsylvaniaor an out-of-stateNational Leaguefor missionPennsylvaniaaprogrammeet*.holdNursing accreditedprogram.

7ValidationTestin2Validation of nursing knowledge to receive nursing credits must occur when nyfromgraduatedI.individual hasthe next nursingprogram2. graduated from a non accredited nursing program. Students . The specificvalidation of nursing knowledge must completedetemlined by the individual itsnursingofCreditsnumberexactNursin2TheTransferby the admitting schoolNursine PracticeNursing practiceis not requiredfor direct articulation if the applicantgraduatedwithin three yearsof applying to the participatingschool. The nursegraduating3 and 10yearsprior to applicationmust haveone thousand(1.000) hoursof nursingpracticewithin the last threeyearsPeriodicReviewStatementFollowing implementation, there will be a review of the articulation plan in onemodeltheusingwhoareThis committee shall be comprised of representatives from each type ofreview,programnursingperiodicyear, then as designatedby PHENSA. Therewill be an ad hoc committeeto conducta

iculationDirectCountyresearchMcHugh, tion(1981)J.A.AMontgomery(1991)McCluskey,program eferencesUniversity.Colorado Council on Nursing Education. (1990) Colorado Articulation Model. Denver:Junean RN-BSN5/94

RN Clarion University Robin Gallagher, DNSc, CRNP Marywood College Eloise Lee, EdD, RNC Cedar Crest College Jean McCluskey, MEd, RN Retired Mary LaSalle University Lou K. McHugh, EdD, RN Linda Mo MSN, RN Geisinger Medical Center Reading Hosp. Sch. of Nursing Lorna Ramsay, MEd, RN Barbara Rope