Ruby T. Herrera
Grand Canyon University: NRS 430V
March 10, 2013
Educational Preparation Formal Paper
Nursing is a profession with many different opportunities for practice. It is also based on the ideal of service to humanity. A registered nurse is a nurse that has completed a nursing program with an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) successfully and has passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs generally take four years to complete and Associate Degree in nursing programs typically take two years. BSN programs offer a richer scope of study and practice in different settings remains a focus of BSN programs and ADN programs focuses more on the technical side of nursing and practice in more controlled settings (Fagin & Lynaugh, 1992). Graduating from a qualified nursing program as an ADN or BSN and passing the licensure NCLEX-RN does not protect a nurse from the scrutiny on the level of the nursing education and its effect on the delivery of patient care. While numerous differences in competencies, delivery of patient care and decision-making skills continue to exist between ADN and BSN nurses today, the healthcare industry continues to conduct research and evidence-based nursing practice to evaluate and support these differences that will help strengthen the quality of the nursing profession. The lower instances of death in patients are linked to a BSN and have a significant advantage over nurses with less formal training. In 2003, Dr. Linda Aiken and her colleagues proved that there is a strong association between the education level of nurses and patient outcomes. According to the study conducted, they have found that every 10% increase in the number of BSN nurses on the hospital staff was linked with a 5% decrease in the risk of death and failure to rescue (Aiken, L.H., Clarke, S.P.,...