DIFFERENT COMPETENCIES IN ADN AND BSN
Grand Canyon University
NRS-430V Professional Dynamics
July 8, 2012
In this age of growing population and diseases, the demand of nurses increases by day. In order to provide excellent care for the patients, higher levels of competencies are required by the current health care system. Below are few points showing how competencies of a bachelor’s degree are different from an associate degree. ADN nursing is mainly based on clinical and technical skills. Compared to BSN, ADN requires only two years of study making it shorter and more convincing than BSN. Most people consider ADN just because the Bachelor’s degree requires four years to ...view middle of the document...
For the past many years, people have considered ADN over BSN. There are different phases a BSN nurse is capable of including communication, professionalism, teaching and learning, documentations. In order to attain all these phases, a nurse needs to have problem solving skills, skill to think critically, therapeutic interactions and knowledge in present health situations. To make this possible, the education system is based more on theory and quality providing. It has been proved by many researchers that public satisfaction can be better achieved by more qualified people in management. According to evidences, thirty percent of diseases in the whole world are iatrogenic. In order to reduce this health risk, nurses need to be introduced to higher level quality based education. But still there are many factors that ADN and BSN revolve around. “ADN competencies tend to center around the caregiver, counselor, and educator roles, while BSN competencies expand to include the roles of client advocate, colleague coordinator, and change agent” (Hood, L, 2010, p.18). It is the responsibility of ADN nurses to provide care with the following abilities: (I) One should have the ability to administer medications varies with educational background and state nurse practice act, (II) One should know how to assist with implementation of defined plan of care, (III) One should have knowledge about asepsis and dressing methods, (IV) The nurse should have the ability to perform procedures according to protocol, (V) A BSN must be able to care for physiologically stable patients with predictable conditions, (VI) Having ability to differentiate normal from abnormal. A BSN nurse is able to provide care in the following categories: (I) Effective therapeutic communication- be a good listener and analyzer when verbalizing with a client, (II) Assignment – allocating to health care team members work required to care for groups of individuals, (III) Management of working strategies, for example: determining the fact, identifying the problems in health care scenario, determining the solution, for conflicts and finally evaluate the interventions that were implemented, (IV) Delegation – responsibility for performing tasks is transferred to another individual who accepts that responsibility and authority, (V) Distribution of resources- A BSN makes sure that all clients receive deserved care irrespective of race, color, creed, gender or socio-economic status and, (VI) Critical thinking- which involves problem solving, creativity and also decision making.
“AD prepared nurses provide direct care to individual clients with common,...