Adn vs. Bsn Essay

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Differences in nursing competencies; ADN vs. BSN Susan Grigg Grand Canyon University: Professional Dynamics, NRS-430V August 8, 2015 DIFFERENCES IN NURSING COMPETENCIES; ADN vs. BSN “An ignorant woman, who was not fit for anything else, is good enough for a nurse” (Draper, 1893, 1949). Nursing has evolved tremendously over the past 150 years, not only in society’s view of a ‘nurse’, but in education levels as well. Crossing a span from prostitutes and women of ill repute, to today’s view of nurses as knowledgeable professionals with expertise in the area of caring for people. Inspired by the Nightingale model, early nurse training schools and today’s educational programs continue to evolve and grow. The author will discuss the difference in competencies between associate-degree level nurses (ADN) versus baccalaureate-degree level nurses (BSN). Using a patient care situation, the author will also describe how patient care and nursing approach may differ amongst associate-degree level nurses and baccalaureate-degree level nurses. It is generally believed that more experienced nurses, provide higher quality of care, have better patient outcomes and lower mortality rates. Competency differences between ADN and BSN prepared nurses. Associate degree nursing was introduced at a time of great nursing shortages. Founded in 1952 by Mildred Montag, the program was designed to prepare entry-level nurses at a technical level to address the nursing shortage at the time. Since inception, the number of associate nursing programs has continued to grow and controversy remains constant regarding the preparation of the associate-degree nurse. Licensure can be achieved following 2 years of schooling, typically in a community college with courses focusing on clinical and fundamental nursing practice. Upon completion of the course, a graduate associate level nurse may take

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