Educational Preparation

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Difference in Competencies between Nurses prepared at Associate- degree level versus Baccalaureate-degree level Nursing is a profession which requires a lots of knowledge to treat patients in an efficient and creative method. Studies and personal skills have shown that nurses with baccalaureate level has smaller amount of errors, enhanced organization, critical thinking, increase in clinical skill and lower death rates than with nurses who have an associate degree level. Nursing practice mainly concentrates on the health promotion, disease prevention, early detection of changes in the health , timely treatment of the human response to acute and chronic illness, and empathetic care for the hospice patients. For proper type of…show more content…
Two milligrams of morphine was given to relieve pain. 162 milligrams of aspirin, a chewable tablet, and 50 milligrams of metroprolol was given. Heparin drip is started as ordered by the doctor. The patient is resting without any pain or shortness of breath. Blood pressure, pulse, respiration and temperature are monitored continuously. The patient was transferred to the intensive care unit by the baccalaureate nurse with the patient care assistant on the cardiac monitor and oxygen. The nurse makes sure to carry all the necessary medications like atropine, dopamine, vasopressin, and lidocane. She also carries the ambubag in case of an emergency. The report was given to the nurse in the intensive care unit. The baccalaureate nurse thanked all the staff and doctors who helped in taking care of the patient. In the above situation, the baccalaureate nurse took the responsibility and a leadership role for the successful treatment of the patient back to a healthy life. Even though an associates degree nurse can accomplish these tasks as well, she has less responsibility, leadership, knowledge and critical thinking. The baccalaureate nurse’s vast knowledge and nursing skill to take care of multiple tasks at once, gave her the leadership role in patient care as well as teaching patient education to her subordinates. This led to an effective and positive patient outcome. References Hood, Lucy J. (2003). Leddy& Pepper’s Conceptual Bases of Professional Nursing:
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