Running head: DIFFERENCES IN COMPETENCIES ADN VS BSN
The Differences in Competencies between Nurses Prepared at the Associate Degree Level vs. the Baccalaureate Degree Level.
A competent nurse has the knowledge and skills needed to perform well in her work environment. There has been much discussion over how the level of competency is affected by a nurse’s educational preparation. Before the influence of Florence Nightingale there was no formal education for nurses and their work and social status was considered very low. Now partly because of the work of our nursing pioneers nurses are respected and educated professionals. In the United States there are currently three recognized routes to becoming a
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The BSN program also goes beyond the bedside to teach about collaborative practice, the care of the patient beyond discharge from the acute care setting into the community and public health nursing. “The additional course work enhances the student's professional development, prepares the new nurse for a broader practice, and provides the foundation for progression to advanced practice roles in nursing.” Raines, C., & Taglaireni, M. (2008). The degree is necessary to gain entry into a Masters program or to become a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthesia provider. The American Nurses Credentialing Center web site states, “The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.” The BSN degree is required in Magnet Designated facilities to enter into management or clinical education roles and by 2013 it is expected that 100% of nurse managers and directors will have a BSN. Research shows that “A 10% increase in the proportion of nurses holding BSN degrees decreased the risk of patient death and failure to rescue by 5%.”( Aiken, L.H., Clarke, S.P., Cheung, R.B., Sloane, D.M., & Silber, J.H. 2003). Magnet recognizes this and thus sets its standards. “Results of some studies have suggested that baccalaureate-prepared nurses are more likely