Educational Preparation of Registered Nurses: Associate Degree in Nursing (Adn) vs. Baccalaureate Prepared Nurses (Bsn)

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Educational Preparation of Registered Nurses: Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) vs. Baccalaureate Prepared Nurses (BSN)
Donna Rodriguez
Grand Canyon University
Professional Dynamics
NRS 430V
Jayme Goodner
September 28, 2013 Educational Preparation of Registered Nurses: Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) vs. Baccalaureate Prepared Nurses (BSN)
The purpose of this paper is to discuss the educational preparation of the Associate Degree nurse (ADN) versus the Baccalaureate prepared Nurse (BSN). This will be accomplished by first exploring the differences in competencies between nurses based on degree level and with the use of a patient care example to describe the difference in the nursing approach based on formal educational
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It is noteworthy to mention that sound research remains an integral part of the curriculum in the BSN program today. The typical BSN degree is comprised of 120 credit hours, of these 59 are in nursing with 5 of the nursing credits focused on evidence based practice (EBP), and the remaining 6 focus on community nursing. Another important requirement is a 4-credit hour class in pathophysiology. None of these courses are included in the ADN program as in depth and the pathophysiology in not required at all.
Why has education in nursing shifted towards the requirement of BSN prepared nurses? As previously mentioned, these programs include more education related to EBP, community nursing, pathophysiology and pharmacology. According to Robert J. Rosseter of The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, research supports that having a nursing work force that is well educated is an essential component to providing quality patient care. Patient mortality rates are lower when hospitals employ nurses that are prepared with a BSN or graduate degree. These improved rates can be attributed to fewer medication errors because of more in-depth preparation (Rosseter, n.d.). Let us reflect on a clinical example. In the ever-changing field of healthcare with advancement in use of the electronic medical record (EMR) and computer based order entry (CBOE) it is critical that the nurse fully understand EBP and how it

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