Difference in Competencies Associates Versus Baccalaureate Nurses

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Running head: DIFFERENCES IN COMPETENCIES OF NURSES PREPARED AT THE ASSOCIATE-DEGREE LEVEL VERSUS THE BACCLAURATE-DEGREE LEVEL IN NURSING

Differences in Competencies of Nurses Prepared at the Associate-Degree Level versus the Baccalaureate-Degree Level in Nursing Michelle L. Gutman
Grand Canyon University
NRS-430V Professional Dynamics
August 5, 2011

Difference in Competencies Associates versus Baccalaureate Nurses

The definition of a registered nurse according to Webster’s dictionary is “a graduate trained nurse who has been licensed by a state authority after qualifying for registration (Merriam-Webster). Typically there are three routes of education you may take to qualify for taking the state board examination or NCLEX-RN exam. The first is diploma program typically offered and administered through hospitals. The second is an associate degree which is obtained usually through a community college or technical school. The third is a baccalaureate degree which is usually obtained through a college or university. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nurses (AACN) all registered nurse should obtain a minimum of a baccalaureate degree. However the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N- OADN) advocates that the is definitely a place in healthcare for the associate degreed nurse. The Associate and the Baccalaureate Nurse will be discussed. Associate Degree Nurses

The associate degree nurse or ADN was originated from a nursing shortage stemming from WWII. Since then associate nurses have had an impact on the nursing population. Approximately 60% of all nurses entering into the nursing profession are associate degree. (Online Journal of Issues in Nursing) Typically the associate degree nurse will obtain their degree in 2 years at a college or technical school taking core Nursing courses as well as English, Mathematics and Humanity courses. Clinical rotations are held throughout a variety of medical...
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