Professional Level Vs. Baccalaureate Degree Level

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The difference in competences between nurses prepared at the associate degree level versus the baccalaureate-degree level can be evident in the reaction time, data collection, critical thinking and data analysis. Both the BSN and ADN nurse are held at the same standard when it comes to performance and the expectation stays the same. Getting a bachelors degree requires a lot of research and there is more critical think courses involved, BSN nurses are highly experienced than one trained at ADN level nurses. Nurses trained at a bachelor’s degree level have a broader view of the nursing process, and they tend to think more critically than the nurse trained at the associate degree level. Another disadvantage for training at ADN level is that it is more difficult to further your education. Getting into a masters degree program will require the nurse to be a conferred bachelors degree holder. This is a big limitation for nurses trained at ADN level. Opportunities in advancement for ADN nurse is impeded due to the quality of education achieved by the ADN nurse in comparison to a bachelors nurse degree holder, who spent more time in school, Ultimately prepared for the challenges to come in their career as a nurse. The level of critical thinking endowed in a nurse trained at BSN level is far higher than one trained at the ADN level. The California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI) and California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) conducted a study to test the
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