Competency Levels: Graduate Nursing of ADN Vs MSN
Cheryl L. McLean
Grand Canyon University: NRS 430
August 5, 2012
Nursing has been evolving career since the nineteenth century. Over the years, nursing was a profession that didn’t hold much status to society. However, today it is one of the most respected professions worldwide. With the climb in recognition and status also come the increasing requirements to obtain a nursing position. This paper is to provide a closer look at the competency level of both the graduating ADN and BSN nurse as they enter into their profession.
Nursing has come a long ways since the nineteenth century. It was once a job for the lowly and undesirable members of society. There was no formal training or education for those entering the nursing field until nursing started to gain the respect of the military and government bring forth what is now consider modern nursing and today it is considered to be a highly regarded and prestigious profession worldwide (Canyon Connect, Timeline) . Today you can’t enter the nursing profession without some form of formal training. In regards to registered nursing, there are 3 levels of formal education. There is the ADN or diploma program which is the entrée level, BSN and the MSN level. Over the several years there has been a big push for nurses to get their BSN. According to Boyd (2011), Pamela Brwon, RN, PhD. states “The IOM report calling for 80% of RNs to have a minimum of a BSN by 2020 has brought forth a national debate and movement,” and she also continues to comment that “Research shows that there are better patient outcomes when patients are cared for by nurses with a BSN” (It’s Academic: Studies Spur Push to BSN-in-10). So what is the difference in the level of education and competency of the graduating nurse from an ADN or BSN program? Especially when all RN’s regardless of...
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