BSN vs. ADN in Nursing

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BSN vs. ADN in Nursing

Grand Canyon University


November 1, 2013

BSN vs. ADN in Nursing Through my research for this paper I have found that RNs who have an associate degree or diploma are more likely to make errors during clinical practice. Nurses who hold Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees have a stronger foundation in which to build better communication, leadership, critical thinking and problem solving skills. The high demands placed on today's nurses really challenge all of these skills on a daily basis. Nurses with Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees have a better understanding of the importance to be proficient in these skills. In a study of RN-to-BSN degree graduates from 1995 to
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In conclusion, I do not believe that an associate degree or diploma nurse makes bad decisions. A nurse with an associate degree or diploma does not have the in-depth insight to have deeper critical thinking. I do believe if they are prepared better educationally their foundations will be stronger in which to build their assessment skills therefor making them more confident in their ability to take care of the patient and determine the situations where a catastrophic event may be looming. This in turn helps patients achieve the best possible outcome. A nursing staff that is not educated in evidence-based practice cannot provide the most up to date care nor exceed the current and future needs in healthcare. Research points to a necessity for Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree nurses being tantamount to better patient outcomes.

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