The Differences in Competencies Between Nurses Prepared at the Associates-Degree Level vs.
The Baccalaureate-Degree Level in Nursing
Kimberly K Gormley
Grand Canyon University: NRS-430V Professional Dynamics
June 9, 2013
There has been much debate on the subject of whether nurses that graduated at the baccalaureate-degree level are better prepared than nurses educated at the associate-degree level. I was educated at the associate-degree level at a community college here in my local community in a program that consisted of two years or four semesters and was called the “nursing program”. Before I entered the program I also completed four semesters of prerequisites to be qualified into the program. One of the requirements at that
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According to the CNE article Managers’ Perspectives of New Graduates of Accelerated Nursing Programs: How Do They Compare With Other Graduates, The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing · Vol 41,(9), 2010 396 “Nurse managers in the focus groups reported that new graduates from all educational programs lacked confidence in their clinical skills, a key factor in their readiness to practice and whether they will be retained on the unit. New nurses on their units expect perfection from themselves and cannot appreciate where they are on the novice-expert continuum and the pace at which they should transition across that continuum. Although it is desirable to consult with colleagues when unsure of a decision or an approach, managers believed that, in many cases, new graduates are reluctant to make their own decisions and rely unnecessarily on staff for second opinions. Managers suggested that this reluctance is caused by graduates’ lack of confidence in their own knowledge and abilities.” One of the themes that the focus groups discussed was the adequacy of educational preparedness and the perception in the healthcare field that new graduates are not clinically prepared for safe patient care. Applications were reviewed to assess what students had