Competencies between BSN and ADN programs.
Grand Canyon University: NRS-430V
JUNE 10TH. 2012
The push to improve patient safety and good patient outcomes mandates that we have a highly trained and well qualified nursing workforce. At the present time, there are mainly three types of trained licensed Registered nurses working in various healthcare settings. The diploma which is obtained from hospital based programs after a year’s study, The Associate in applied science which is awarded by the Community colleges after two to three years of full time study and the Bachelor of science in nursing which is awarded by the tertiary institutions-universities after four year study. The diploma and associate trained nurse have training that focuses on nursing task with little training in the humanities, research, nursing leadership, community and public health. The BSN on the other hand undergo extensive training in the principles of nursing science , humanities, leadership, public and community health and nursing management. This training equips them with the skills needed to move into higher positions in nursing administration and other job opportunities away from bedside nursing.
According to a 2008 National sample survey of registered nurses conducted by the Health Resources and Services Administration HRSA), the breakdown of the numbers with various degrees or diplomas showed that 50% of RNs hold Baccalaureate or graduate degrees, 36.1%, associate degrees and 13.9% hold a diploma in nursing.
The four year comprehensive training the Bachelors of Nursing Registered nurse gives them a much higher level of skills set than their counterparts, the associate or diploma prepared nurse will have. As a result of the limited training in the associate degree nurse or diploma nurse their progression into management is limited. For example, Magnet organizations are shying away from hiring nurses who do not have bachelors and will not allow associate degree nurses...