Essay about Adn S Bsn

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Do BSN nurses provide better patient care than ADN nurses? Dorene Simpson-Longoria
Grand Canyon University: NRS 430V

While a patient in the hospital may not readily recognize whether their nurse holds an associates (AND) or bachelors (BSN) degree; is the underlying care superior when care is delivered by a BSN nurse?
According to Robert Rosseter, in his fact sheet titled, “Creating a More Highly Qualified Nursing Workforce,” “Quality patient care hinges on having a well-educated nursing workforce. Research has shown that lower mortality rates, fewer medication errors, and positive outcomes are all linked to nurses prepared at the baccalaureate and graduate degree levels” (Rosseter,2015). One of the primary goals of
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The Institute of Medicine (IOM) laid out a plan to improve healthcare outcomes in 2010. Included in this plan was a call for nurses to continue their educational endeavors citing more complex and challenging needs in patient care as the primary reason. The article stated that nurses need to have, “knowledge of public health, geriatrics, leadership skills, health policy, system improvements, research, and evidence-based practice.” The article went on to say that critical decisions, sophisticated technology, and frailer patients create the need for nurses with a minimum BSN degree (
The IOM further indicated that nurses work in conjunction with other disciplines within the hospital setting and must be able to communicate with a level of understanding conducive to appropriate understanding. Most of the collaborative team members must have master’s or doctoral degrees before entering their profession making the ADN as well as the BSN nurse at an educational disadvantage. Having a BSN degree versus an ADN provides the potential for greater understanding within the collaborative team.
As the healthcare system changes continuously, nursing education must evolve and increase to meet the growing demands placed on the individuals providing care to patients (American Sentinel University, 2011). Patients need to be able to be confident that the

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