Difference in Competencies between Associate and Baccalaureate Nurses
The need for competent bedside nurses has drastically increased and so will it be in the near future. The level of basic education that a nurse should have has always been an issue of debate and controversy. Primary focus of this paper will be to point out the difference in competency of nurses educated in an ADN level to those educated in BSN level. Nursing is a profession where skill and knowledge has to work hand in hand to promote and deliver optimum level of care, skill alone acquired by years of experience cannot be an answer for this question .But a combination of expert knowledge, decision making, planning, research and leadership which is an integral part of the basic curriculum of a BSN program is extremely necessary. ADN nurses usually have 2-3 year education in community college setup and are focused to provide individualized care to their patients based on their diagnosis. But on the other hand BSN nurses undergo 4 year degree program where they get more training in the field of science, nursing management research and leadership. .(“When care”,2002,para.20) The more the year of their education the lesser the error in their field of clinical practice and procedure violations. Weather it is a ADN or BSN ,both can get a license to work as RN,provided they pass NCLEXRN.Study suggest that a BSN focuses on psychosocial complexity and therapeutic use of self to know patients and families, has more insight in developing care plan.ADN on the other hand focuses on the diagnosis and the treatment plan.BSN program is designed and has a broader approach to the scope of practice to nursing. According to JACHO ( 2006)the competency for the nurses has defined as ‘determination of an individual’s skills knowledge and capability to meet the expectations.(JACHO.2006,Pg 394) The competency of the clinical nurse depend on their level of education thats the...
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