Associate Degree vs. Baccalaureate Degree Nurse Competency Differences
Grand Canyon University
June 9, 2013
Associate Degree Vs. Baccalaureate Degree Nurse Competency Differences
Although graduates of entry level nursing programs sit for the same NCLEX-RN licensing examination and pass it at the same rate (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], n.d.), nursing competencies are different among associate degree prepared versus baccalaureate degree prepared nurses. The baccalaureate prepared nurse learns leadership skills, community health, and more in depth into nursing theories.
Because the baccalaureate prepared nurse learns leadership skills, he or …show more content…
A baccalaureate degree prepared nurse is more concerned with the nursing process, developing nursing diagnoses, using nursing theories, analyzing data from the patient assessment, and focusing on psychosocial elements of the patient. An associate degree prepared nurse is prepared technically but doesn’t have the additional training to go beyond the basics. Baccalaureate nurses show more autonomy and self-direction than associate nurses (Giger & Davidhizar, 1990, p. 1011)
In conclusion, the baccalaureate degree prepared nurse has differentiated competencies that build on the competencies of the associate degree prepared nurse. The associate degree prepared nurse is more technical, and the baccalaureate degree prepared nurse is more professional (Giger & Davidhizar, 1990, p. 1013). The baccalaureate degree prepared nurse receives education in leadership skills, community health, and in depth critical thinking using nursing theories and conceptual framework. There are many studies indicating increase positive patient outcomes with the increase of baccalaureate nurses. Therefore, by increasing nursing education, the