Leadership Styles In Nursing

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Increasing RN-BSN Enrollments: Facilitating Articulation Through Curriculum Reform
Elizabeth Lamanna
Chamberlain College of Nursing
NR351: Transitions in Professional Nursing
March 2011

Increasing RN-BSN Enrollments: Facilitating Articulation through Curriculum Reform

Introduction Incorporating a higher level of critical thinking has been thought to foster the foundation of AD nurses, and increase the roles they’ve traditionally held. This paper will serve to summarize Janine Spencer’s article, “Increasing BSN Enrollments: Facilitating Articulation through Curriculum Reform”, published in the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, July 2008. “Research has shown that patient outcomes can be attributed to higher levels of nursing education.” (Spencer p 307) Both sides of this issue will be presented. Summary Aiken, Clarke, Cheung, Sloane, & Silber, (as cited in Spencer 2008) suggest following research that post surgical patients mortality rates were affected by the education of the nurses, and as a result more favorable outcomes are achieved. According to Janine Spencer, the BSN incorporated theory based practice which “encourages a broader view of alternatives and an expanded understanding of patient and client behaviors.” (Spencer p 308) She continues explaining how part of the BSN curriculum involves community health nursing, which provides a window into patients lives outside the confines of a hospital. Taking nursing outside, where resources are limited, requires deeper level of critical thinking that is not achieved at the novice RN level.
With that said flexibility with obtaining one’s RN, whether via diploma or ADN helped to alleviate the nursing shortage, provided a faster path to completion, as well as being more cost effective. “This inconsistent academic preparation creates dissension within the profession and prevents

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