Differences in competences between associate degree prepared nurse versus the baccalaureate prepared nurse. Maureen N Iwuoha
Grand Canyon University:
September 5, 2014
Differences in competences between associate degree prepared nurse versus baccalaureate prepared nurse. Competency is the measured degree of performance that integrates skills, ability, judgment and knowledge as defined by the American nurses association, in other words competency is the ability of an individual to do a job properly. In this paper the focus is to discuss the competency between these degree programs and the differences if any exist between the skill, performance and critical thinking of the associate degree nurse and baccalaureate degree nurse and the length of education and their benefit to health care today. As described above both baccalaureate degree nurse and associate degree nurse share the same competencies as each are taught and grounded by the same foundation, but one could say that an associate degree nurse is technical nurse and a baccalaureate degree nurse is a professional nurse because the focus of training for the associate degree nurse is on clinical skills and baccalaureate degree nurse is based on leadership, research, managerial as well as clinical skills. The length of education between these program is that the associate degree nurse spends two years in a community college which was as a result of shortage of nursing during world war two, was designed to train nurses to develop the necessary skill for clinical set up in a much shorter time and was less expensive and a baccalaureate degree nurse spends four years in the state college which offers a comprehensive span that includes the theories of nursing that help understand the field in handling technical situation and evidenced based nursing solution, but one would say is not the degree but the person that matters, as a friend stated it is better to be taken...
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