EDUCATION PREPARATION: Diploma or Degree
Grand Canyon University: Professional Dynamics
October 18, 2014
Nurses are important in maintaining better healthcare for our world today. Obtaining a
nursing degree can be reached by Bachelor in nursing (BSN), Associate Degree (ADN), or
diploma. The type of degree received depends on how many years of schooling the individual
completed. Although both types of nurses provide proficient care, comparing the two degrees
bachelor prepared nurses have a higher competence level than associate prepared nurses in today’s
Associate prepared nurses (ADN) receive their degree after completing two years ...view middle of the document...
Skills such as critical thinking and handling situations
comes easier to them due to the education they were provided. They utilize evidence based
practice to give patient better quality care. Leadership roles derived from the courses clear the
pathway for career advancement. BSN nurses also lower the mortality rates according to Health
Affairs a ten point increase in the percentage of nurses holding a BSN within a hospital was
associated with an average reduction of 2.12 deaths for every 1,000 patients- and a subset of
patients with complications, an average reduction of 7.47 deaths per 1,000 patients
(Kutney-Lee, Sloane, Aiken, 2013). Lower mortality rate indicate that BSN nurses offer a higher
quality level of care which reflects a greater competency level. Because of this, the Institute of
Medicine report has recommend that 80% of the entry level of nurses be Bachelor prepared by
2020 (Medicine 2010).
Based on the type of degree the nurse obtains often reflects the way they approach
medical situations. The goal of an ADN nurse is often times to handle a situation at face value.
They tend to have task orientated mind set. Whereas the BSN nurse may view the situation from
a whole person (internal and external factors) perceptive. For example, if there was a patient that
frequently came to the hospital for uncontrolled hypertension from failure to take the medication
that was prescribed. The ADN nurse only educated the patient on the importance of taking the
medication and gave the patient their discharge instructions. The BSN nurse spoke with the
patient and family finding out why he was not taking his medication, learned that
he was unemployed and unable...