Adn Bsn Comparison Paper

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Running head: COMPARISON OF COMPETENCIES

Comparison of Competencies: Associate versus Baccalaureate Degree Nurses
Rachel Beissel
Grand Canyon University: NRS-430V Professional Dynamics
November 20, 2011

Comparison of Competencies: Associate versus Baccalaureate Degree Nurses There are currently three different degree programs for Registered Nurses in the United States. The first degree plan is a diploma nursing degree, which is a 3 year program that focuses on nursing tasks in a hospital setting. It is noted that the diploma nursing program provides the most clock hours of clinical instruction (Hood, 2010, pg. 15). The second degree plan is the associate degree in nursing; this degree focuses on a combination of didactic and
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There are pre or co requisites that are required prior to a student being eligible to apply for the nursing program at the community college level. Depending on the requirements of the school this can take 1 to 2 years to complete these courses prior to the actual nursing courses. These courses may include college level science, math, and psychology in addition to the core nursing classes.
Role of the ADN Nurse The original role of the ADN nurse was to care for patients in a secondary care setting such as a community hospital or long term care facility (Creasia & Friberg, 2010, pg. 26). However, there are many nurses working in trauma center hospitals with an ADN or Diploma degree today. The ADN nurse should be proficient in basic nursing care including common well defined nursing diagnoses and be able to use therapeutic communication skills with patients and their family members (Hood, 2010, pg. 19). The ADN nurse is responsible to deliver care to the patient from admission through discharge including patient teaching.
Baccalaureate of Degree in Nursing The baccalaureate degree consists of two different types. A traditional general program consists of two years of lower level general studies courses with two years of upper level nursing courses (Zerwekh & Claborn, 2006, p. 145). The second type is what can be referred to as a fast track BSN, which allows registered nurses with an ADN or a Diploma degree to receive a baccalaureate degree in a

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