Adn vs. Bsn Competencies Essay

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A Difference in Competencies: ADN, Diploma, and the BSN
Dirk Davis
Grand Canyon University
Professional Dynamics
NRS-430V
Anna Auler
January 26, 2013

A Difference in Competencies: ADN, Diploma, and the BSN
Before Florence Nightingale began changing the profession of nursing, nurses were considered to be on the lower tiers of society and so were considered “caretakers”, there was no formal training and no such rules or regulations as we have in place today. So as sanitation improved, and this was noted as helping the wellbeing of patients, thanks to Florence Nightingale, nursing as a career began to be respected. As a profession, guidelines were then put into place for the training of nurses in our society.
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Even though each program has differences in the hours required completing the program, both the AND, Diploma program and the BSN are allowed to sit the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The American Nurses Association defines a nurse as “the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families and communities, and populations (www.nursingworld.org). Though ADN and BSN are held to this definition, the differences in competency between the two will entail how each approaches decision making when dealing with patient care. The ADN is trained with hands on skills to promote safety and to carry out the orders initiated by Physicians. An ADN is not trained in the knowledge of managerial skill, theory and research. Whereas the BSN will use this theory and research to aid in the care of patients, the BSN will use these frameworks of theories, as frameworks become the building blocks of knowledge learned in the educational setting not offered in the ADN program.
In all three of the programs the AND, the Diploma program and the BSN (by passing the NCLEX) can earn a Registered

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