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DIFFERENCES IN COMPETENCIES BETWEEN ADN AND BSN

GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY (NRS 430V-PROFESSIONAL DYNAMICS)

SEPTEMBER 16, 2012

The nursing profession has come a long way and continues to change. The effects of science and technology on the health care field cannot be over emphasized. New and modern approach to providing health care to patients require nurses to continue to seek knowledge and educate themselves in order to be well equipped to provide effective & safe care to their patients and the ability to make a well rounded and informed decision regarding health care issues as they arise. Education has always been of great importance to the nursing profession. The history of nursing reveals how women from different walks of life were able to put aside their differences, cultures, and beliefs to come together to provide care to casualties of the civil war. Their efforts created awareness for the need of well trained and educated nurses; consequently, training schools for nursing were established (Creasia & Friberg, 4). In this essay, the differences in competencies between Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Bachelor Degree Nursing (BSN) will be discussed. Furthermore, the benefits of BSN education to nursing practice and evaluation of how the education received can lead to positive patient outcome will be discussed. Anyone looking to gain entry into the nursing practice has two options to consider. The first is an associate degree program, which is offered through community colleges. Graduates from this program are trained to be caring, committed, and competent to provide care in various health care settings. The second mode of entrance is via a bachelor degree program, which can be obtained from a university. Grand Canyon University College of Nursing Philosophy describes the nursing practice at the baccalaureate…...

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