Essay about Competencies Between Associate Versus Baccalaureate Degree

818 Words Aug 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Competencies between associate versus baccalaureate degree nurse
Nursing has an outstanding role in health care. A professional provides advocacy, education, communication and patients care. They go above and beyond to satisfy patients’ needs and to provide the best care possible for their patient. However, the level of care they provide depends on their qualification, knowledge and experience. Ordinarily, we see two kinds of Registered Nurse in the hospital. Nurse with associate degree and nurse with baccalaureate degree. This paper will present the difference in competencies between nurses prepared at the associate-degree level versus the baccalaureate-degree level. Moreover, it will present how nursing approaches to decision-making may differ based upon their educational level.
Nursing has advanced to this level because of nursing research based on evidence based practice. Nursing interventions are based on patient outcome. “BSN- prepared graduates give care that is evidence-based and improves patient outcomes” (Friberg & Creasia, n.d, p. 24). BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing) graduates take nursing research and leadership classes that grow their knowledge. Thus, their nursing intervention and nursing judgement are enhanced further than an Associate Degree (AD) Nursing Graduates. Conversely, AD graduates are good with nursing skills such as inserting a Foley catheter, NG tube etc. but, they are poor on management and leadership roles. Consequently, the patient care…

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