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Evaluation of the Neuroscience Nurse Internship Program: The First Decade*

DiIorio Colleen; Price, Mary Elizabeth; Becker, Jody K.
Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: February 2001
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Abstract:

This article describes the evaluation of the Neuroscience Nurse Internship Program (NNIP). The NNIP was initiated in 1988 by the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center to meet the demand for highly skilled nurses to care for persons with nervous system disorders. To determine whether the program was meeting its goals, an evaluation component was incorporated into the program. The evaluation process was based on the RSA Model of Continuing Education for nursing. The RSA model consists of four basic components, three of which were included in the assessment of the NNIPprocess, content, and outcome. The evaluation revealed that the nurse-interns were satisfied with the lectures and clinical content of the program. Moreover, the nurse-interns improved their knowledge of neuroscience nursing and their confidence in performing neuroscience nursing skills. Information from the evaluation was used to modify the structure of the program and to refine lecture content and clinical requirements.

*A full description of the program is given in Price ME, Dilorio C, Becker J: The Neuroscience Nurse Internship Program: The description. J Neurosci Nurs 2000; 32: 318–323.

Questions or comments about this article may be directed to: Colleen Dilorio, PhD RN FAAN, 1518 Cliflon Road, Atlanta, GA 30322. She is a professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

Mary Elizabeth Price, MSN RN CNRN, is a clinical nurse specialist in the Neuroscience Program of Care at the Critical and Acute Care Patient Services Nursing Department Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.

Jody K. Becker, MSN RN, was formerly nurse manager in the Neuroscience Program of Care, Critical and Acute Care Patient Services, Nursing Department Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.

© 2001 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses