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Educational Preparation – The Differences in Competencies of Registered Nurses with and Without Baccalaureate Degrees

Educational Preparation – The Differences in Competencies of Registered Nurses with and Without Baccalaureate Degrees
Nursing is a profession with great honor and satisfaction. Patients trust nurses in the most difficult times of their lives. Nursing avails itself many opportunities to grow and practice at several different levels. Not only is there the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with only twelve to twenty-four months of education, but there are also different levels of Registered Nurse (RN). One may obtain his or her RN licensure by attending a hospital diploma program, attaining an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (AND), or attaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Each designation of nurse has its own similarities and differences. This paper will focus on the differences between and RN with an ADN versus a BSN. Magnet Hospital Nurses

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has a voluntary recognition and certification program entitled The Magnet Recognition Program which represents high quality nursing by emphasizing that nurses are educated to act as teachers and leaders. Magnet hospitals hold five model components including 1) Transformational Leadership, 2) Structural Empowerment, 3) Exemplary Professional Practice, 4) New Knowledge, Innovation, and Improvements, and 5) Empirical Quality Results. By the year 2020, magnet hospital nurses will have predominantly baccalaureate RNs to facilitate and maintain these components (2013), Retrieved April 28, 2013, from http://nursecredentialing.org/Magnet/ProgramOverview/New-Magnet-Model.

“Quality patient care hinges on having a well educated nursing workforce” states The American Associate of Colleges of Nursing (2012). Nurses with an education level higher than an associate’s degree have proven to have less medication errors and reduce hospital mortality rates...
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