Adn vs Bsn Competencies Essay

1139 Words May 11th, 2013 5 Pages
ADN VS BSN: Differences in Competencies
Juline DiSilvestro
Grand Canyon University
Professional Dynamics
NRS-430 V Monica Kidder RN, MSN
May 11, 2013

ADN VS BSN: Differences in Competencies
The complexity of modern healthcare and the patients of today mandate a higher level of academic preparation than in the past. Advanced critical thinking skills are a must. Nurses need to function independently, making clinical decisions, providing bedside care, case management, education to patient and family in regards to disease process, treatment, and how to adapt to a healthier lifestyle. As healthcare continues to evolve and become more complex, it is necessary to assure proper education has been achieved. Controversy among the nursing
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Evidence based care utilizes nursing research theories as a foundation for providing care. BSN nurses design and coordinate a comprehensive plan of care for the entire length of patient stay, and post discharge. They collaborate with patient, family members, physicians, other hospital departments and resource personnel. The BSN degree is becoming the minimum requirement for administrative, research, consulting and teaching positions (
Research shows that the BSN prepared nurse leads to decreased patient mortality, better patient outcomes, increased productivity and increased patient satisfaction. “Studies have shown that every 10 percent increase in the proportion of BSN nurses in a hospital’s staff is associated with a 4 percent decrease in risk of death. (Edwards, 2012, 38 )”.
The newest mandate is to decrease hospital readmissions. “The Affordable Care Act established the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program requires The Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce payments to hospitals with excessive readmissions, effective October 1, 2012.” ( This act mandates the necessity to include all aspects of the patient and their environment in the comprehensive plan of care. In depth evaluation, education, and referral for community resources are needed to decrease readmission rates for patients with

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