Pathways to Practice Essay

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Pathways to Practice xxxx xxxx College Abstract In the past, nursing education in the United States was based on teaching student nurses in the hospital setting the skills necessary to provide bedside care. Now, with the expansion of the role of nurses due to the development of cultural, socioeconomic, scientific, technological aspect in the United States, the level of education , depending on the nursing role, expanded and can reach up to the doctorate level. However, diploma programs still exist in the United States, besides two other educational pathways; associate degree programs, and bachelor degree programs. All three pathways lead student nurses to take the same licensing exam, NCLEX-RN, after graduation and become Registered Professional Nurse. This created confusion for students, healthcare consumers and colleagues and created a debate regarding whether an entry into professional nursing practice require a baccalaureate degree in nursing or not. Pathways to Practice A lot of my classmates, colleagues and I are confused, about the difference between registered nurse with a diploma from a hospital, a registered nurse with an associate degree in nursing, and a registered nurse with a bachelor degree in nursing due to the fact that all of the graduates from those three pathways take the same licensure examination and get basically the same salary. “The existence of multiple-entry points has resulted in confusion for both consumers and employers. Health care consumers often find it difficult to understand the various nursing credentials and probably have little interest in credentials as long as they receive satisfactory care. Employers have difficulty differentiating among the three major types of registered nurse (RN) graduates who, at least initially, enter the work environment performing activities” (Ellis &

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