Grand Canyon University: NSR- 430vProfessional Dynamics
September 22, 2013
Many people from all walks of life decided to go back to school in an effort to obtain a job so they can afford to care for their family. It may be a single mom or dad, some one that is older, a young student who is fending for themselves, no matter what the story they have to start somewhere. Prior to becoming a nurse, one doesn’t understand the real difference between getting their associates in nursing or obtaining their bachelors in nursing. So which decision is the right one to make? My intention is to discuss how the educational preparation of someone with their bachelors in nursing is different from someone with their associates in nursing. I will be discussing the generalized difference, competencies, and patient outcomes.
To begin, one of biggest generalized differences is time and money. Generally, when one wants to go to nursing school they do their research and discover that an associate’s degree takes 2 years while a bachelor’s degree takes 4 years (Creasia&Friberg, 2011,p.25).Ultimately,either path will end you up in the same direction. At the end of your program, you are considered minimally safe to practice as a nurse. It doesn’t matter which degree you have earned you are both consider responsible enough to care for patients after passing your exam (Schank&Stollenwerk, 1988, p.254). Most often the decision to attend community college is based on financial stability. After doing research one finds out that in an acute care setting such as a hospital you may only make fifty cents to a dollar more as a bachelor in nursing versus their associates in nursing. No matter which path one chooses, “the demands placed on nursing in the future of health care will likely require more bachelors in nursing then those prepared at the associate degree level (Creasia&Friberg, 2011,p. 24).Another concept