The Difference Between Associate Degree and Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing

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The Difference Between Associate Degree and Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing

Increasing clinical understanding and the rising complexities in the health care technologies today requires that professional nurses be educated and competent to the baccalaureate level. Nurses with their RN can be educated to the level of associates degree or to baccalaureate degree. According to the Grand Canyon University Baccalaureate Curriculum Model, the associates degree level nurse differs from the baccalaureate level nurse in three main competencies; client, nurse, and nursing education.
One of the different competencies between associate degree (ADN) and Baccalaureate degree (BSN) is type of client or patients they are prepared to treat and the
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Many of the units and floors were staffed by all ADN prepared nurses. Even most of the charge nurses and managers only had their associate degree. To say the least, it was a poorly run hospital that was spiraling out of business. This situation would be completely different if some of the nurses had formal educational training. The nurses would be trained to be managers with their BSN degree and the floors and the hospital would be run a lot more organized. This hospital was in such a need for BSN nurses that they would promote any BSN nurses straight to management if they could hire them. This hospital and most employers know that a BSN trained nurse is more competent and is able to lead and manage better.
Finally the Baccalaureate Curriculum Model shows a competency difference in the level of nursing education. Patient safety and quality of care are improved with the level of nursing education. “Because nurses make decisions that affect clients’ lives, nurses need intellectual capability to master scientific concepts, understand the impact of self on others, use this information in clinical practice and understand potential consequences” (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], 2007). In other words the baccalaureate level nurses have a broader body of knowledge than the associate degree nurse. While the ADN nurse goes to school to focus on just skills the BSN nurse goes to school and focuses on many different competencies. “The
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