Adn vs Bsn

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Grand Canyon University: NRS 430v Professional Dynamics February 19, 2012 Abstract For many years, society has debated about the nursing degree. What are the differences? What are the similarities? As nurses we have the opportunity to choose different levels of education. Which include: associate degree, baccalaureate degree, masters’ degree and nurse practitioner. In beginning we need to understand “What is nursing” in general? As defined by the ANA: Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.…show more content…
The ADN prepared nurse may focus solely on the patient care and may also feel unable to assist the family with their needs. They would review code status and resume care. (i.e. labs, IV fluids, CXR etc.) However, the BSN prepared nurse may identify the family’s unique needs and plan accordingly. The BSN prepared nurse may delegate tasks more effectively to ancillary staff to provide assistance. Perhaps having the aid or ward clerk to call other family or religious affiliations for support. Or by providing the family with privacy and providing frequent updates on the patient’s condition and plan of care. Further education would be given to the family to determine what extent of care is to be given. (I.e. maximum care or palliative care). The determination would contribute to the entirety of knowledge needed and education provided. The actual bedside competency difference would not be profound in this situation, but the entire experience for the patient and/or the family can be improved as well as quality of life. Patient education is also on the forefront of the BSN prepared nurse. More education and training in regards to communication and technology gives the BSN nurse a greater ability to educate the patient more thoroughly and comprehensively. References American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (1998).The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice, pp. 4-5.

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