Nursing is a noble, caring and advance profession. There are different educational pathways in which someone can become a Registered Nurse (RN). First, is an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and then there is a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). The both require passing the Nationwide Council Licensure Examination, known as the NCLEX. These programs lead to one profession, but there are many differences between the two. This paper presents and discusses the differences between an ADN and BSN nurse, a clinical scenario, and advantages of getting higher education. ADN verses BSN
The associates program for nursing takes a person two years to complete. This program of study is taught at many community colleges, which means that it is less expensive. The ADN nurses are able to start a career faster, and help support their family. These nurses use the knowledge and skill according to patient illness and have limited hands-on patient care in hospital and community. Since this program is shorter, it emphasizes on clinical skills, which means more tasks at hand. Associate Degree Nurse and diploma nurses have strict guidelines and follow structured protocols and procedures (Hood, 2010).
The BSN program requires four years of university education. It is more expensive than the ADN program. Advantage of the BSN program is more in depth, nursing knowledge, and better communication that allows the BSN prepared nurse to act as an advocate for the patient. A BSN nurse in this degree is taught to promote and prevent diseases in an individual, family, and population level. While in this program of study, nurses develop skills in critical thinking, and are able to independently make judgments. Baccalaureate program focuses on evidence based clinical practice and leadership. A BSN nurse learns about researches, statistics, critical thinking, and decision making. A BSN nurse can play part in many roles such as bed side nurse, case manager, and administrator. In...
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