NRS-430V Professional Dynamics
September 26, 2011
Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings. Nursing includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people. Advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, research, participation in shaping health policy and in patient and health systems management, and education are also key nursing roles. The most common initial nursing education is a two-year Associate Degree In Nursing (Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, Associate of Science in Nursing, ...view middle of the document...
As nurses expand their role and move further into providing more community based primary care delivery the need for BSN prepared nurses is apparent. Having a BSN degree allows more opportunity for employment, increased responsibility, and career progression. It opens the door for professional certification in specialty areas of nursing practice and leads to an expanded role as a provider, designer, manager, and coordinator of patient care as well as provides the foundation for graduate education. A BSN program would typically offer more courses in nursing theory, including nursing research, and nursing informatics, which is a field of study that examines how nurses use technology. Management-level nursing requires an advanced degree such as a BSN. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in management, nurses can become anywhere from the assistant head nurse or head nurse, to assistant director, director, and vice president and upwards. Other career opportunities include research, consulting, and teaching. A nurse with a BSN can manage a home health care clinic and ambulatory services, etc. More BSN Nurses Equal Lower Patient Mortality Rates More BSN Nurses Equal Lower Patient Mortality Rates.
Studies show that there is a direct link between level of nursing education and patient mortality rates, specifically that a higher number of BSN prepared nurses decreases a hospital’s mortality and failure to rescue rates. One study done in 2008 found that for every 10% increase in the number of nurses with BSN degrees, the hospital experienced a 4% decrease in patient mortality. Based on this information, earning a BSN degree actually better prepares registered nurses (RN) with the skills and knowledge needed to do their jobs well.
For example: Mr. M a 40 year old man is admitted in ICU. He was very active and in good health. But he had a hemorrhagic stroke. He is unconscious and in mechanical ventilation. He is administered different cardiac drips to keep his blood pressure up to normal standards. Physicians noticed there is no hope for him. They want to discuss with the family about termination of life support. Surely the family will ask the nurses also about the patient’s conditions. To answer their questions and to educate them on the circumstances, a BSN nurse is more capable because of the deep knowledge and good communication skills.
Enhancement Benefits of BSN
Many nurses who have gone from RN to BSN in their education have reported becoming more proficient at customary nurse tasks. In addition, "tasks" which were once routine and perfunctory for a nurse with rudimentary knowledge, have become more outcome-focused, due to a nurse's greater knowledge. The BSN enhances the nurse's whole work experience by...