The Differences In Competences Between Nurses Prepared At Associate Level And Baccalaureate Degree. Grand Canyon University:
Baccalaureate degree program and associate degree program is both educational pathways for registered nurse licensure. There are several differences in nurses prepared at associate degree level versus the baccalaureate degree level in nursing. Some of these differences include but are not limited to limited to the following, curriculum, education, and patients care. There are distinct differences between the 72 AND credits 125 BSN credits required in each of the nursing programs’ curriculum. The baccalaureate curriculum has a different focus, emphasizing evidenced-based, clinical practice and leadership. Additional courses are offered in BSN curriculum, such as research, statistics, critical thinking, and public health/community health. In addition, the additional units prepare the BSN nurse to pursue graduate study, leading to an advanced degree in nursing (AACN 2008). One might think, “Well I want to be a bedside nurse and not a manager”. The BSN nurse can and does provide excellent direct patient care. In fact research shows they use evidence-based practice for better patient outcome, another difference in the AND versus BSN level of education. At some point in a nurse’s career, she/he may decide she/he wants a change of pace. The BSN offers that possibility in a short, more flexible path than using the educational super highway and getting on and off at every exit. For some, the shorter and the ability to enter the exit (i.e., then; LVN to AND-RN, then RN-BSN,) are what they need for a variety of reasons. It is wonderful we have those options today, but if you can get directly admitted to a BSN program you have a more direct and shorter route to your...
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