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Competency Differences Between Adn and Bsn Nurses

The Difference in competencies between Nurses prepared at the Associate Degree level versus the Baccalaureate Degree level.

Bernice Brown-Hypolite

Grand Canyon University, Phoenix Arizona: NRS-430V-0500

November 24, 2015

Introduction:
Education enhances both clinical competency and quality care delivery. Quality patient care hinges on having a well-educated nursing workforce. Research has shown that lower mortality rates, fewer medication errors, and positive outcomes are all linked to nurses prepared at the baccalaureate and graduate degree levels. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is committed to working collaboratively to create a more highly qualified nursing workforce since education enhances both clinical competency and care delivery. The AACN fact sheet looks at today’s nursing workforce, highlights research, connecting education to outcomes and outlines the capacity of four year colleges to enhance the level of nursing education in the U.S. The definition of Associate Degree and Baccalaureate degree is stated below: Associate Degree in Nursing:
The Associated Degree was founded by Dr. Mildred Montag in 1956, in order to alleviate the shortage of Nurses after World War 11, by decreasing the length of education to 2 years, and also providing a sound educational base for nurses. Creasia and Friberg (2011). This program was deemed successful because the graduates were able to pass the NCLEX exam and showed sufficient level of clinical nursing competence after being employed as graduate nurses.
An Associate Degree in Nursing is earned over the course of 2 years. The curriculum includes nursing and Liberal Arts. It’s a degree in subject of applied science. The course of study can be done at a Community or junior College. Then upon completion, graduates are required to…...

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