BSN Competency Paper

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Difference in competencies with A.D.N and BSN degrees Traci Dumpprope, RN Grand Canyon University: Professional Dynamics May 20, 2014

This assignment required that we researched and wrote about the difference between associate degree nurses (A.D.N) and baccalaureate nursing degree nurses (BSN). Before this project I really was not sure of the differences. Sure I heard about the program dubbed “BSN –In-10”. According to the ACCN the “BSN-In-10” proposal in New York and New Jersey are being considered in other states. This proposal requires “the baccalaureate degree for all registered nurses within 10 years of graduation” (2014). This proposal was the main reason
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According to the NLN, A.D.N graduates practice within eight core components and competencies. These are: professional behaviors, communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, teaching and learning, collaboration and managing care (2000). The BSN nurse, according the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, “well prepared to meet the demands placed on today’s nurse” (2014). In today’s world the healthcare field is ever changing: there is more technology, older population and more demand on chronic conditions. In a report done by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), they made recommendations for a blueprint of future nursing. This report is called “The Future of Nursing”. According to the IOM the “way that nurses were educated during the 20th century is no longer adequate for the 21st century” (2010). I have noticed a change in the needs of the patient. There are more chronic health issues, such as Diabetes, HTN and cardiac issues. I am even seeing younger people with these diseases. The needs of the patient and health care are becoming much more complex. Obtaining a BSN will help me to adapt to the changing health…show more content…
They each have the same knowledge on technical skills, and are able to perform bedside care both equally. Both degrees are vital to the health care system and patient care. However the main difference with these two degrees is the opportunities for advancement with the BSN, and the knowledge of cultural differences in our aging population. The competencies for the BSN nurse include “leadership, health policy, system improvement, research and evidence based practice, teamwork as well as public health and geriatrics” (IOM, 2014). These competencies will open more opportunities in a variety of

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