Discuss the difference between nurses prepared at the baccalaureate degree level and nurses prepared at the associate degree level.
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The associate degree and the baccalaureate degree nurses are both RNs who have taken and passed the NCLEX proficiency test and are licensed to practice nursing. They both have in most cases the same job titles and duties. However the difference between these two nurses are the educational levels attained. The BSN nurses has educational background that prepares them to be ready for the demands of the job. As they take more core classes which shape and build their skills as nurses.
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Research and studies on these two programs.
There are numerous research on Baccalaureate nurses verses associate degree nurses, all pointing out the benefits of having more educated and advanced nurses in a setting or facility to improve quality of care and patient satisfaction. There are also research that focus on the outcomes of increased BSN nurses being linked to a decrease in mortality rate. Researchers noted that with more BSN educated nurses, the length of inpatient stay decreases and so does the readmission rate. Decubitus ulcers, failure to rescue and post op DVTs also decreases.
Identify a patient care situation in which you describe how nursing care or approaches to decision making may differ based upon the level of education preparation of the nurse.
There was a newly diagnosed pancreatic cancer patient admitted to the unit. The nurse taking care of the patient has an associate degree and two years of experience. She gave the patient all the necessary print out on the chemotherapy drugs he was going to receive. Educated the patient on adverse side effects and chemo precautions, and answered all questions. About three hours into the chemo administration, the patient called out and complaint of not “weird” not feeling herself, but offered no specifics, the nurse checked vitals and noted they were within normal, then reassured the patient everything was fine. However during report at shift change the oncoming nurse (BSN) noted that there was something that needed to be done, upon further investigation and interviewing the patient she...