Grand Canyon College
August 29, 2011
Competencies between ADN and BSN Nurses
Numerous studies have been conducted on the education of a nurse to the patient outcome. Many results showing outcomes of nurses with a baccalaureate (BSN) and graduate degrees are less likely to be accident-prone. It has also been proven that patients undergoing surgery have a substantial survival advantage if treated in hospitals with higher proportions of nurses educated at the baccalaureate or higher degree level. A nurse that holds an associate’s degree does not hold the same amount of information or knowledge as a nurse with a baccalaureate degree. Meaning a baccalaureate degree nurse is more prepared to take care of patients. They undergo more hands on training and also enhanced knowledge. Nurses with a baccalaureate degree or higher is better equipped for a positive patient outcome.
Quality patient care hinges on having a well educated nursing workforce. Nursing dates back to Florence Nightingale whom may also be known as the founder of modern nursing. If it was not for Florence Nightingale and her staff of volunteers, the British camp then at Ottoman Empire would have suffered more deaths than expected. The Crimean War is where Nightingale gained her reputation as the lady with the lamp. She would go from patient to patient with a lamp in hand. If it was not for Nightingale, nursing would not have the respect it has as a career now. Also nursing would not have this base to build on and nursing practices would not have progressed if Nightingale did not push for reforms in the health care system. Having this push called for advancement in the knowledge and techniques provided for nurses. Nightingale’s establishments made a pathway for nurses to pursue the baccalaureate and associates degrees.
There have been multiple researches tying a nurse’s education to patient outcomes, fewer deaths per...