Title: The Difference in competencies between Nurses prepared at the Associate Degree level versus the Baccalaureate Degree level.
Name: Jason Nordstrom
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix Arizona: NRS-430V-0500
November 07th, 2012
Recent studies have shown that nursing practices and quality of overall patient care, have a direct link to the quality and level of nursing education. Today’s nursing education must be able to meet the demands, challenges and needs of a modern healthcare. According to the (AACN) Facts Sheets: It approaches today’s nursing workforce with researches, relating education to outcomes, and also outline the capacity and ...view middle of the document...
Baccalaureate Degree Nursing (BSN):
This is an academic degree in the science and principles of nursing, granted by an accredited tertiary institutions. A Baccalaureate degree requires at least least 4 academic years, with nursing courses in upper division level. Course work includes nursing science, research leadership and related sciences. This approach prepares students for wider variety of experiences, work environment, enhances professional roles. Graduates of this program are qualified to take the NCLEX-RN exam and obtain R.N. license. As well, as persue nursing specialization, graduate studies (Master’s, PhDs etc.) and participate in research.
The first nursing program in United Sates was established in 1909, University of Minnesota. BSN program did not gain much acceptance and advancement, until post WWII. Direct and indirect (GI Bill) federal funding was made available, to finance and advance the BSN program. (Book)
Competency Differences Between Nurses Based on Degree Level
Associate Degree in Nursing:
An associate degree provides nursing professional with a sound foundation of nursing knowledge and practical skills, that are common to all educational routes. Upon graduation, nurses are able to function in multiple healthcare setting, and demonstrate competency in their filed of practice. This can be seen by the increasing number of students seeking an associate degree, and a strong national passing rate on NCLEX-RN examination.
The program, is also the largest source of new graduates. Current demographics analysis show that associate degree students represent almost 60% of entry level graduates each year. 40% of all nurses in Unites States, completed ADN, and 34% reported as their highest degree obtained. (Mahaffey, E. (May 31, 2012). "The Relevance of Associate Degree Nursing Education: Past, Present, Future". Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. Vol. 7 No. 2)
Associate degree is also attracting a greater percentage of minority groups, such as Asians, African American males. Graduates of associate nursing programs are represented by 21.3% individuals from minority ethnic groups. Male gender represents 10.7%. (AACN-Enhancing Diversity)
Baccalaureate Degree Nursing:
BSN program builds and expands on upon associate degree fundamentals, by providing student with more in-depth knowledge of core nursing knowledge base, such as social sciences, humanities and patient oriented nursing care. BSN also entails more advanced nursing courses on leadership, nurse management, public and community health and nursing research. This broader and more in-depth education enhances the student’s professional development and allows the baccalaureate graduate to better understand the many social, cultural, economic and political issues that impact patients and influence healthcare. (Creatig more diversified workforce)
Nurses with BSN degree have an...