Essay on Adn to Bsn

1261 Words Oct 30th, 2013 6 Pages
Competency Differences Between ADN and BSN Nurses
Rashpal Mangat
Grand Canyon University: NRS 430V
Jayme Goodner
September 18, 2013

Competency Differences Between ADN and BSN Nurses
The difference in competencies between nurses trained at the associate-degree (ADN) level versus the baccalaureate-degree level in nursing (BSN) is miniscule. The BSN program incorporates most of the curriculum taught in the ADN program, excluding the leadership/ management, public health and critical thinking aspects. In 1951, Mildred Montag introduced a 2-year degree program (ADN), which trained the nurses for “intermediate functions requiring skill and some judgment” (Schank & Stollenwerk, 1988). In Montag’s curriculum, the role of nurse was
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Moreover, the leadership role is critical in improving quality of care for the patients by setting up a process to meet mutually agreed upon goals. There are situations in a hospital setting, where leadership/management skills were evident in playing a key role in patient safety to avoid falls. By analyzing the domains of “Diagram of the Leadership Framework,” focusing on preventing falls the leader has to prepare the information on what actions need to be taken by staff to reach the goal (Pinnock, 2012).
The leader encourages participation from the staff and places the plan in action: such as providing non-skid slippers to patients, frequent rounding, placing the call light within reach of the patient, and placing patients on bed or chair alarms. After this stage, the leader evaluates the interventions and lastly applies evidence and knowledge to make changes in the service. In this scenario, an ADN graduate will have difficulty in pursuing this role due to the lack of academic exposure in leadership. In this patient situation, the ADN graduate would be a team player on the floor and on bedside to help facilitate the process.
Critical thinking is a crucial factor in nursing, it decreases health care errors and increases patient safety (Creasia & Friberg, 2011, p. 202) Critical thinking is comprised of elements such as knowledge, analysis, planning, intuition, treatment, reasoning, identifying problems and making

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