Educational Preparation

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Educational Preparation
Lara M. Abdallah
Grand Canyon University: Professional Dynamics
May 17, 2011

The different options to obtain a nursing degree, while having the same outcome, are not always the best option. While the Associate (AND) Degree nurse is able to take and pass the NCLEX exam there are stark differences with the Bachelor (BSN) Degree nurse. Length of time, cost, experience, and educational training. While the BSN nurse was trained two years in the classroom and three years in the clinical setting, the ADN nurse only has two years of educational experience. (Creasia and Friberg, 2011)

The ADN nurse was designed by Mildred Montag, these programs were intended to be a collegiate alternative for the preparation of technical nurses and a response to the nursing shortage. (Creasia and Friberg, 2011) These nurses were technical in nature with a focus on the clinical skills and are more tasks oriented. The ADN nurse is to work with a BSN nurse due to lacking the educational level the BSN nurse has achieved. While over time these ADN nurses obtain the knowledge and skills that the BSN nurse graduated with a hospital still looks more favorably upon the BSN nurse.

The BSN nurse takes additional classes in humanities, community health nursing, and extensive amount of expanded course work. The program is a bridge to a Master’s degree program and beyond. The ADN program is often not recognized by higher level learning institutions. Faculty qualifications in the BSN programs are usually higher than the ADN programs. The AACN stresses that “baccalaureate-prepared nurses are providers, designers, and managers of care in a dramatically changing health care system and their education should include an increased emphasis on economics, epidemiology, genetics, gerontology, global perspectives, and telecommunications.” (AACN, 1998)

In nursing today more is expected from a nurse than just following the doctor’s orders. A nurse must be...
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