Benefits of a Baccalaureate Education in Nursing Nurses That Complete Nursing School at a Baccalaureate Degree Level Will Be More Prepared and Have Higher Competency Levels Than Nurses Graduating from an Adn Program.

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Benefits of a Baccalaureate Education in Nursing

Benefits of a Baccalaureate Education in Nursing
Nurses that complete nursing school at a baccalaureate degree level will be more prepared and have higher competency levels than nurses graduating from an ADN program. Grand Canyon University follows the guidelines from the American Association of College of Nursing (AACN) for the curriculum regarding the nursing education, including the RN-BSN program. (Grand Canyon University College of Nursing Philosophy, 2011) The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) fact sheet (Creating a More Highly Qualified Nursing Workforce, October 2012) talks about how baccalaureate nurses have more positive outcomes than an associate degree
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The BSN education is to prepare a professional nurse for acute care settings, community-based practices and beginning leadership/management positions.
The National League for Nursing (NLN) approved a document in 1982 which states,
Professional nursing practice requires the minimum of a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing. Preparation for technical nursing practice requires an associate degree or diploma in nursing. (Position Statement on Nursing Roles-Scope and Preparation, 1982)
Throughout the literature on the subject of BSN versus ADN programs, two terms keep popping up, professional and technical. The “professional” term is in reference to a baccalaureate prepared nurse whereas the “technical” term is usually seen in referencing an associate prepared nurse. As stated prior, the ANA adopted the use of “professional nurse” in 1965, when referencing the baccalaureate nurse. Controversy has surrounded the ADN program/education since its inception. Some of the reasoning behind the controversy of these two program degrees is for the following reasons: they take the same NCLEX exam, they have the same liabilities when caring for patients, and employers tend to use the same job description whether you are baccalaureate-prepared or associate-prepared.
There is a difference though in how they are educational prepared for their challenging and complex roles in

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