Educational Preparation And Varying Competencies Of Bsn Vs And Nurses

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Educational Preparation and varying competencies of BSN vs AND nurses Johanne Pierre Grand Canyon University Since its inception in the 1950s, Associate Degree Nursing programs remain the subject of much controversy, policy and conviction with World War II prompting innovative changes in nursing education. The World War called for nurses to serve the need of the civilian force, however, since traditional hospital programs at the time spun 36 months or more, a shortage of competent healthcare professionals was imminent. The United States Congress responded to the shortage by passing the Nurse Training Act of 1943. With this law, the government provided financial incentives to nursing schools to establish training programs that focused…show more content…
(North Carolina Nursing History, 2010) Still, many leaders in the nursing community believed that nursing education should take on a more theoretical role with the Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (BSN) and adapt a diverse curriculum that include the Social Sciences, Evidence Based Research, Leadership and Management, Public Health and the Humanities. These parties reasoned that by incorporating such curricula, nursing students will develop critical thinking skills that seek to address the subcultural, political, social economical and psychosocial issues that influence their patients and the healthcare delivery system and thus improve healthcare outcomes. (Wood, 2014) Today, much research has emerged to support the assumption that baccalaureate prepared nurses have a higher level of clinical judgment skills when compared to their peers with less nursing education. According to a study transcribed by Sanford, M., Genrich, S., & Nowotny, M. (1992), clinical judgment is described as a “type of reasoning used to make decisions, to diagnose problems, and to project outcomes...It includes clinical decision making, the nursing process, and diagnostic reasoning.” (Sanford, 1992). The study first segregated nurses by educational level, implied scenarios and evaluated nurses’ responses. It concluded that BSN nurses were best able to address relevant clinical observations and elicit
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