Differences between Nurses Educated at Associate Level vs. Baccalaureate Level Nursing
Grand Canyon University: NRS-430V-O501
March 27, 2015
Differences between Nurses Prepared at
Associate Level vs. Baccalaureate Level
Education can be a factor in determining a person’s success and well-being. Does the difference in RN education play a role in well-being of those they care for? I will explain some educational differences between an Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) and a Baccalaureate of Science Nurse (BSN). Also, I will share a clinical case scenario to demonstrate the differences in approach, experience and skills effect clinical decisions made by a BSN and an ...view middle of the document...
They can also further their educations in graduate studies. They are also eligible to take the NCLEX exam, to become a registered nurse. BSN students take additional curriculum classes in leadership, research, evidence-based research, healthcare policy and information management.
Differences in Competences of ADN VS. BSN Nurses
The general public views nurses as one large group and very few are aware of the educational differences between nurses. The NCLEX-RN licensing exam which both ADN and BSN nurses take tests only for the minimum technical competency. The educational differences and practice of not differentiating between ADN and BSN licensure has been a topic of discussions for decades.
The Institute of Medicine’s October 2010 issue on the Future of Nursing, states “an increase in the percentage of nurses with a BSN is imperative as the scope of what the public needs from nurses grows, expectations surrounding quality heighten and the settings where nurses are needed proliferate and become more complex.” In response to the IOM report, the National League for Nursing released a statement, Academic Progression in Nursing Education (NLN, 2011) in this statement the NLN recognizes that nurses need to be engaged in lifelong learning to maintain clinical competencies and to meet the demands of a reforming system. The statement goes on to discuss the NLN Education Competencies Model, which is the first-ever comprehensive national model for nursing education. To summarize, it focuses on seven core values which are the basis for six concepts. The six concepts lead to the four program outcomes of human flourishing, nursing judgement, professional identity and spirit of inquiry. It is the intent an ADN nurse graduate with the ability to examine the evidence in the underlying clinical nursing practice and then question the status quo to make assumptions and bring forth new ideas to improve the quality of care for patients, families and communities. The BSN nurse is to meet the ADN expectation and to contribute as a scholar to the development of the science of nursing. This can be accomplished by noting an area in need of study, critiquing published research and using evidence as the basis on which to build nursing practice, as well as utilizing it their own personal practice.
There have been many studies regarding educational preparation of RNs and patient outcomes. These studies have shown that an increase in the proportion of BSN nurses on hospital units was associated with lowering the odds of patient mortality. In an issue of Medical Case,(2011) the study authors noted that increasing the amount of care provided by BSN nurses to 80% significantly lowered readmission rates and shortened length of stay.
Patient Case Scenario
Associate Degree Nurse Scenario
The patient is a 25-year old female that just returned to the nursing unit from PACU following an appendectomy. She has no other medical conditions and is expected to go home...