Difference Between Adn and Bsn

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Differences between ADN and BSN-prepared Nurses
Jennifer Peltz
Grand Canyon University: NRS-430V
05/04/2013

Differences between ADN to BSN-prepared Nurses

When starting the nursing profession deciding on which educational level you should choose from can be a difficult one. There are two educational levels to becoming a Registered Nurse (RN). The Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) which is considered to be the shorter, faster approach, taking 2 years to complete. Second option is the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) which this program takes 4 years to complete. When completing both these levels of education the graduate is able to sit for their state license exam. This exam is called National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Both levels of education hold the exact same license, the difference in these RNs depend on the amount of education and type of practice that they choose to endure. This paper will explore the differences relating to prepared nurses at the associate or baccalaureate levels. The early 1950s Miidred Montag developed Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) in the United States due to the shortage of nurses following World War II. The program started at Columbia University Teachers’ College in 1952 under the direction of Mildred Montag (Berman & Kozier, 2008). Today, ADN programs are offered in smaller, community or technical colleges rather than larger universities. These graduates work within certain components such as, professional behaviors and communication, assessment, clinical decision making, interventions, teaching, collaboration, and managing care. These components stress on these competencies related to the different fields in healthcare, clinical decision making, assessment, patient education, continuity of care, collaboration and leadership. For this ADN graduate to meet competencies requirements, the graduate needs to demonstrate critical thinking, clinical competence and...
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