Educational Preparation

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The Differences in Competencies Between Nurses Prepared at the Associate-degree Level Versus the Baccalaureate-degree Level. Amanda J. Perez Grand Canyon University: NRS-430V-0105 NRS-430V Professional Dynamics March 10, 2013 The Differences in Competencies Between Nurses Prepared at the Associate-degree Level Versus the Baccalaureate-degree Level. Although both an associate-degree level and baccalaureate-degree level prepared nurses may sit for the same NCLEX-RN exam, “nurses prepared at the baccalaureate-level are linked to lower mortality and failure to rescue rates” (AACN, 2012). This is simply one difference between the competencies of a nurse prepared at an associate-degree level versus one prepared at a…show more content…
This belief is supported and reinforced by a “growing body of research that shows a connection between baccalaureate education and lower mortality rates” (AACN, 2012). Through out my experience as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department, I have encountered associate-degree and baccalaureate-degree level nurses. While observing care provided to a critical patient at work, I noticed that the academic back round of the baccalaureate-degree nurse enabled them to process a situation and act quicker, in comparison to an associate-degree nurse. This particular patient was going into pulmonary edema, and needed a STAT dose of Lasix. The associate- degree nurse appeared anxious and unsure of the situation; therefore they contacted the doctor for guidance. However the baccalaureate- degree nurse escalated the need for Lasix immediately to the doctor, and was able to obtain and implement the order. Another difference between the two, in approaches to nursing is that often I see associate- degree nurses looking for confirmation and further direction from the doctor’s. A baccalaureate- degree offers several strengths to the practicing individual as a nurse. All BSN programs “provide a solid liberal education and a substantive upper-division nursing major to prepare a nurse generalist, who is able to provide professional nursing services in beginning leadership positions within a variety of settings” (Friberg, 2011) (citing ANA,
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