Educational Preparation: ADN versus BSN Prepared Registered Nurses Grand Canyon University: NRS 430-V Professional Dynamics
September 23, 2012
Three different pathways exist to educate students with the knowledge needed to be able to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. The American Association of Colleges of Nurses states “the NCLEX-RN exam measures the minimum technical competency needed to practice as a registered nurse” (2012). The nursing student may complete his or her education over two to four years. The first, a hospital based program, requires three years to complete. Graduates receive a diploma, not a degree. “Approximately 54 diploma programs remain, in the United States” (Creasia & Friberg, 2011). The second,
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The intent of the associate level degree was to be an alternative to the four-year university degree. The intent was for graduates to practice under the guidance of a professional or baccalaureate prepared nurse. Confusion occurred regarding the roles and responsibilities of the associate-prepared nurse, and” the first students to graduate gained permission to sit for NCLEX-RN; today they continue retain the right to sit for the licensing exam” (Creasia & Friberg, 2011). The student earns 75 college credits, at the completion of an associate-level program of study. The University of Minnesota established the first baccalaureate program, in 1909 (Creasia & Friberg, 2011). Baccalaureate level nursing education builds on the knowledge acquired in an associate level program. BSN students receive further instruction in a variety of areas including “health care costs, evidence-based practice, management/delegation, health promotion/wellness care, and informatics” (Creasia & Friberg, 2011). Leadership positions, as well as, positions at the bedside are challenges for every nurse; a BSN education prepares the nurse for these challenges. The nursing student earns 125 college credits, at the completion of a baccalaureate-level education.
A variety of organizations including the “American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Institute of Medicine, the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and