Adn vs Bsn Competency Levels Essay

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Competency Differences Between RNs Prepared at ADN Versus BSN Level

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
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This “incorporates the roles of assessing, critical thinking, communicating, providing care, teaching and leading” (Grand Canyon University, para. 7). I also believe that an individual’s maturity over a four-year period has time to evolve with the concepts of critical thinking and decision making the BSN framework offers. The difference in cost and time from ADN to BSN programs is a deciding factor in many educational decisions. The economy and decrease in job opportunities has driven many into the nursing profession that may not have initially considered it a career option. Sadly, I believe that has contributed to the lack of interest in pursing an advanced education. The professional choice wasn’t driven out of a motivation to help humanity or a sense of altruism; it was merely an employment opportunity.
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).

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