Differences in Competencies Between Nurses Prepared at the Associates Degree Level Versus the Baccalaureate Level in Nursing. Michelle Parker
Grand Canyon University
Differences in Competencies Between Nurses Prepared with a Associates Degree Versus the Baccalaureate Dregree.
There are many differences in the competencies between nurses prepared at the associate’s degree level versus the baccalaureate level in nursing. The differences in competencies can be seen in the leadership ladder for advancement in the profession of nursing, the ability to provide care, the coordination of patient care, and the membership of an educated interdisciplinary health care team. In my matriculation into Grand Canyon University’s RN-BSN program I previously researched this topic extensively. In 1965 the American Nurses Association (ANA) took a courageous position in publishing a position paper asking for the baccalaureate degree to be the minimal level of education for the profession of nursing. ("A Position paper.", 1965). This was the first documented attempt to change the level of education of nurses from a technical based education to a scientific based education. The position that the ANA held had many of the following obstacles to overcome, the interference of government funding of programs, nurses to see beyond just the technical based profession and the perception of nursing as a caregiver. The ladder of leadership after obtaining an associate degree in nursing (ADN) is the certifications that can be obtained through their professional organizations and chosen specialty. The ladder of leadership for a bachelor’s degree in the science of nursing (BSN) can lead many directions. Obtaining a BSN a nurse opens doors into management positions, clinical educator positions, a master’s of the science of nursing (MSN), moving forward as an advance practice nurse within your specialty and obtaining a doctorate in nursing (DN), doctorate in nursing science (DNS),...
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