Defferences Between Adn and Bsn

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Differences in Competencies between ADN and BSN

NRS-430v Professional Dynamics

Grand Canyon University

Each and every day changes are occurring in health care system not only in US but also in all over the world. These changes also can be observed in nursing. In health care setting nurses have so many vital roles to play. In addition to providing care nurses need to participate in decision making process in all fields of health care system. As “nursing is based upon a body of knowledge that is always changing with new discoveries and innovation” Potter and Perry (2005), nursing profession need to improve from its old fashioned bedside nursing. Report by IOM about future of nursing 2010 indicates need for “more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce”. In US one can become a professional Registered Nurse (RN) by studying Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or studying Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN, Bachelor of science in Nursing). Both degree gives eligibility to take NCLEX examination and to get license to practice as a professional Registered Nurse. A long standing discussion is in progress about the differences in competencies of BSN and ADN nurses. Even though both ADN and BSN nurses are getting the same license to practice as a Professional nurse studies show that there are differences in their competencies.
Drastic changes started to happen in professional nursing after Florence Nightingale imparted formal education in nursing. To fill-up the shortage of nurses Mildred Montag started ADN program after World War II. AND is usually offered by community college or junior college as a two year program with 72 credits. Whereas BSN is a four year study program conducted by a college or university with 125 credits upon completion. Basic syllabus of both BSN and ADN are nutrition, anatomy, behavioral sciences, physiology, maternity, medical
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