DIFFERENCE IN COMPETENCIES BETWEEN NURSES WITH ASSOCIATE DEGREE AND BACCALAUREATE DEGREES
Grand Canyon University: RN to BSN
NRS 430 V – PROFESSIOANL DYNAMICS
This is an attempt to analyze the differences in competencies between the nurses with Associate Degree (ADN) and Bachelor’s degree (BSN) in Nursing. The contemporary nursing career demands critical thinking, effective communication skills and comprehensive knowledge. To be equipped with these attributes, a Nurse must pursue at least the BSN degree program. The salient points considered for this analysis and finding are:
• A comparison of curricula of both programs.
• Increasing requirement of Educators, Researchers and Administrators
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BSN in contrast is a four year program with an aim to make available well-qualified and knowledgeable nurses in various disciplines including teaching and leadership roles. It also provides expertise in different specialties in most sophisticated environments and avant-garde technology. Nursing is a passionate profession and it calls for continued academic preparation to be abreast with constantly advancing sophistication in healthcare and responsibly manage patient care situations. There is also a growing need of nurses in community health, nursing-legal and other advanced practice roles. Studies suggest that broadly educated nurses matched and managed well in situations with complexities. Nurses with higher academic qualification tend to have a firm commitment to lead, take on additional challenges and responsibilities and become exemplary examples to the aspiring young minds. BSN program is a foundation on which these attributes are built, refined and flourished. Study proved that out of every 1000 nurses who graduate a BSN program, 200 go forward and complete their Masters or higher education. On the other hand, only 58 AND qualified nurses acquire higher education.
Growing Need for Educators, Administrators and Researchers Statistical forecasts indicate 26 % increase of demand of well qualified nurses in the nation by year 2020. The Institute of Medicine recommended in October 2010 to increase the proportion of BSN degree holders to 80. This implies more