Essay about Educational Preparation

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Educational Preparation: The Differences in Competencies Between Nurses Prepared at the Associate-Degree Level Versus the Baccalaureate-Degree Level in Nursing

Eric Bradford
Grand Canyon University: NRS-430V Professional Dynamics

June 16th, 2013

Educational Preparation: The Differences in Competencies Between Nurses Prepared at the
Associate-Degree Level Versus the Baccalaureate-Degree Level in Nursing

Throughout the United States there a two basic nursing programs one can complete to become a licensed nurse. There are associate degree programs (or an ADN program) and bachelors degree programs (or BSN programs) available to students willing to complete either program. There are multiple differences between the two programs
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These can include: better assessment skills, nursing research, nursing management and public health. These all help the student broaden their scope of practice. These extra classes and more rigorous examination of skills help the nurse better understand issues in society today. This nurse would be better prepared to understand cultural, political, and economic issues that can affect their patients. (Rosseter) The assessment skills that are taught in the bachelor program is a major factor in improving patient outcomes. If the nurse can assess well and understand what the problems are and catch them before they become an issue that can reduce the length of hospital stays. That can reduce complications later in the patient’s recovery and reduce cost to both the hospital and patient. These other classes can only help and broaden the nurse’s understanding of the patients they get to work with and become more culturally aware and tolerant to differences that are practiced by their patients. Those nurses who hold bachelor degrees also better understand nursing management and as a result are better prepared to fulfill the roles of higher management within the facilities in which they work. The last difference in this discussion is that the Baccalaureate-degree level prepares the nurse to continue their education towards a Master’s program and even attaining a

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