Baccalaureate-Degree Nurse Equation

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EDUCATIONAL PREPARATION GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY NRS 430V February 01 2015 EDUCATIONAL PREPARATION Education is the process of teaching, training or learning. It has a very important role in today’s health care system. The purpose of this paper is to depict the distinction between an Associate –degree level nurse (ADN) and a baccalaureate-degree level nurse (BSN). Using a patient care situation, this paper will also write in detail about the variance in approach, and the roles that experiences and the skills play in a clinical decision made by a BSN and an ADN. ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSE VS BACCALAUREATE DEGREE NURSING An associate degree nurse is a nurse with 3 years nursing training offered at a community college intended to…show more content…
The advanced education prepares BSN to obtain professional development that necessary to achieve this. Also, their curriculum enhances them to reach a broader scope of practice. The study titled “Baccalaureate Education in Nursing and Patient Outcomes” found that hospitals with a higher number of RNs with BSN or higher degrees had a lower congestive heart failure mortality, decubitus ulcers, failure to rescue, and post operative deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism and shorter length of stay. BSN graduates have stronger critical thinking skills than ADN. They also possess stronger leadership qualities. Critical thinking in nursing is an essential component of professional accountability and quality nursing care. Baccalaureate nurse’s leadership qualities enable them to work as a team with other health care professionals to improve quality of patient care and outcome. Due to this noticeable difference in competencies Chief nurse officers (CNO) in university hospitals prefer to hire BSN graduates. In a 2001 survey published in Journal of Nursing Administration support this statement.(Goode et al., 2001, p.…show more content…
In other words, critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills, and leadership qualities from the curriculum makes the BSN to accomplish this capability. References Blegen, M. A., Goode, C. J., Park, S. H., Vaughn, T., & Spetz, J. (2013, 2013,February).. ..Baccalaureate education in nursing and patient outcomes []. Jouranl of nursing administration, 43(2), 89-94. from Goode, C. J., Pinkerton, S., McCausland, M. P., Southard, P., Graham, R., & Krsek, C. (2001). Documenting chief nursing officer’s preference for BSN-prepared nurses []. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 31(2), 55-59. from Johnson, J. (1988). Differences in the performance of baccalaureate, associate degree and diploma nurses:A meta-analysis []. Research in Nursing and Health, 11, 183-197. from the impact of education on nursing practice. (, ). , pp. p. . Retrieved from

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