Essay on Competency Differences Between Adn vs Bsn Nurses

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Differences in Competency between Associate degree Prepared Nurses versus Baccalaureate Prepared Nurses
A BSN represent a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing, while an ADN is an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Both degrees will qualify a person to take the same licensing exam NCLEX. There are several differences in the competency levels of these two-degree programs. BSN program is a four-year degree, which is knowledge, theory and research based and the emphasis is on the entire picture of the field of nursing. Exposing the nurse to human diversity and global perspective, health promotion, spiritual perspectives, ethical, legal, political, historical and social influences using liberal arts including biblical concepts for complete
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Practice within the legal and ethical parameters of nursing.
The differentiation of the expected competencies from each of these programs is quite different. BSN programs focuses on the importance of a liberal education, nursing research and community health nursing. They can make clinical judgments based on solid, scientific rationales whereas ADN consists of concentrated study focused on clinical skills and they are more task oriented.
BSN prepared nurse can provide direct care to patients with many different nursing diagnosis using the nursing process. They can modify plans and action to meet the demands of specific client situations ADN nurses may tend to do the same thing the same way as things have always been done. For example, Pt is in sharp shooting pain despite the fact he got Morphine sulfate 4 mg two and half hrs ago. Morphine was ordered every 3 hrs. At this time pt s pain medication was withheld.

BSN nurses not only provide more complex aspects of daily care and patient education, but also design and coordinate a comprehensive plan of nursing care for the entire length of a patient's stay from pre-admission to post-discharge, including supervising nurses aides and other unlicensed assistive personnel, designing discharge and teaching plans for patients, and collaborating with patient, physicians, family members, and other hospital departments and resource personnel.
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