Essay about Adn vs Bsn Nurses

903 Words Oct 2nd, 2012 4 Pages
Differences in Competencies between Associate Degree Nurses and Baccalaureate Degree Nurses

“BSN in 10” bills either pending or under legislation in some states, will require nurses to obtain a bachelor’s degree in 10 years. Even more hospitals and healthcare facilities seeking Magnet status seem to be encouraging Associate Degree nurses to return to school or obtain a BSN before applying for employment. Nursing is a profession that involves skills and knowledge to provide optimum level of care. ADN versus BSN has been an issue of controversy for years. The primary focus of this paper will be discussing the differences in competencies of nurses educated in an ADN level to those educated in a BSN level. These differences include varying
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The baccalaureate degree program provides more public health nursing education to develop more public health leaders in the community. According to Ridley (2008), “chief nursing officers of hospitals perceived baccalaureate degree nurses to be less task oriented, exhibit stronger leader and critical thinking skills and have more professional behaviors than the associate degree nurses.” In the late 1900s, associate degree programs began adding leadership courses to the curriculum. However, the baccalaureate degree programs have more focused leadership courses. Nursing care can differ among associate degree nurses and baccalaureate degree nurses. In the cardiology clinic, we see a lot of ECGs, especially during stress tests. One coworker has a BSN compared to an Associate degree. With an associate degree, we have learned how to identify certain specific abnormal rhythms, such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation. However, the coworker is better able to identify abnormal rhythms, like specific heart blocks, and is more familiar with interpreting ECGs. That coworker is not ACLS certified, has not taken additional ECG interpretation courses (beyond the education of her BSN) and has worked there only a few months longer. A study was performed to compare related content taught at the ADN and BSN levels for dysrhythmia

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