Adn vs Bsn Competency Levels Essay
Grand Canyon: Professional Dynamics NRS-430V January 4, 2013
Competency Differences Between RNs Prepared at ADN Versus BSN Level
Nursing education in the United States offers many levels of competency falling under the licensed title of registered nurse (RN). These levels offered in a continuum, begin with nursing as a vocation in the form of licensed practical/vocational nurse (LPN/LVN) followed by an associate degree (ADN), baccalaureate of science degree (BSN), masters of science degree (MSN) and doctorate. All have curriculums that build upon the previous designation in hopes of creating a highly …show more content…
The differences in critical thinking skills can be applied to a clinical setting to compare the differences between an ADN, diploma and BSN education. One of the clinical setting scenarios that illustrate the differences in decision-making based on educational preparation is in the case of discharge planning. The clinical picture is that of an eighty-year old female being discharged after a fall that created a significant wound requiring complex wound care and a wound vacuum. Her spouse requires a walker and help with his activity of daily living (ADLs).