Essay about Differences in Competenties Between Nurses Prepared at

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Differences in Competencies Between Nurses Prepared at the Associates Degree Level Versus the Baccalaureate Level in Nursing.
Michelle Parker
Grand Canyon University

Differences in Competencies Between Nurses Prepared with a Associates Degree Versus the Baccalaureate Dregree.

There are many differences in the competencies between nurses prepared at the associate’s degree level versus the baccalaureate level in nursing. The differences in competencies can be seen in the leadership ladder for advancement in the profession of nursing, the ability to provide care, the coordination of patient care, and the membership of an educated interdisciplinary health care team. In my matriculation into Grand Canyon University’s RN-BSN
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The ability to provide care between an ADN and BSN prepared nurse can be distinguished in the evidence based analytical approach versus the technical education ADN prepared nurse receive. A BSN prepared nurse is educated in evidence based theory, where ADN’s are educated with a skill foundation, the ADN program overlooks the use of theoretical analysis of data. Evidence based theory enables a BSN prepared nurse to demonstrate clinical expertise in providing care in an inpatient and outpatient setting. Applying evidenced based practice BSN’s can develop and implement comprehensive teaching plans to meet the learning needs of the client versus the ADN whose teaching plans are basic and based on the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health. In essence the BSN prepared nurse using evidenced based analytical approach in patient care is able to function as a superior provider of care, where the ADN is limited to basic critical thinking and resources in literature. In a 2001 survey published by the Journal of Nursing Administration asking various chief nursing officers (CNO) and nursing administrators if they recognized competencies between the two types of education. 72% of CNO’s and nursing administrators stated a difference in stronger critical thinking skills and leadership skills among the BSN prepared nurses. Registered nurses today are the primary care givers and directly responsible for the coordination of care for

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