: Competency Differences, Asn vs. Bsn Nurses

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Competency Differences, ASN vs. BSN Nurses
By, Genethia Guerrero
Grand Canyon University:
NRS-430V Professional Dynamics (0102)
Kimberly Stout
March 6, 2011

Competency Differences, ASN vs. BSN Nurses
A nurse is a healthcare professional, who in collaboration with other members of a health care team is responsible for the treatment, safety, and recovery of acutely or chronically ill individuals. Nurses are also accountable for the health promotion and maintenance of families, communities, populations, and the treatment of life-threatening emergencies in a wide range of health care settings. Nurses perform a range of clinical and non-clinical functions necessary to the delivery of health care and may also be involved in medical and nursing research. This paper will reflect the differences in the necessary competencies for nurses prepared at the associate degree (ADN) and baccalaureate of science (BSN) level. Both the ADN and BSN level, allow the individual to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). After successfully completing the NCLEX, both the ADN and BSN nurse are knowledgeable enough to complete physical assessments, intravenous, and drug administration. Both are also knowledgeable of medical equipment. ADN’s and BSN’s are competent to demonstrate life-saving practices, like airway management, cardiac monitoring oxygen delivery, drains, and wound care. According to Mahaffey, 2002 the Associate Degree (AD) nursing program originated during a period when the nursing personnel shortage was extensive enough, to prepare a practitioner capable of providing direct and safe nursing care under the supervision of a professional nurse in the acute care setting. With that being a fact of the nursing field, many individuals have been attracted to the two year ADN program, versus the four year BSN program. According to Mahaffey (2002), the ADN programs were...
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