Difference in competencies with A.D.N and BSN degrees
Traci Dumpprope, RN
Grand Canyon University: Professional Dynamics
May 20, 2014
This assignment required that we researched and wrote about the difference between associate degree nurses (A.D.N) and baccalaureate nursing degree nurses (BSN). Before this project I really was not sure of the differences. Sure I heard about the program dubbed “BSN –In-10”. According to the ACCN the “BSN-In-10” proposal in New York and New Jersey are being considered in other states. This proposal requires “the baccalaureate degree for all registered nurses within 10 years of graduation” (2014). This proposal was the main reason for returning back to school for my BSN, I did not want to be forced to do it. Upon researching for this project, I have learned more about the reasons behind obtaining a BSN. In the following paragraphs I will explain why I feel it is imperative for nurses to have a higher education.
We have to take a little look at the history of nurses to understand the importance of the furthering the education of nurses. Before the late 1800’s, nurses had no formal training, mainly in part because there was no organized programs designated to educate nurses. The people who were the caregivers were mainly the patient’s family member or someone who was involved with religious entity. Florence Nightingale is credited with “revolutionizing and professionalizing nursing by stressing that nursing was not a domestic, or charitable service, but a respected occupation” (Chitty, 2011 p.34). Because of Florence Nightingale, the education and professionalism of nursing began to grow. Organizations became important, and the regulation and accreditation of colleges for nursing have been developed. Because of the accreditation procedure, many diploma programs have decreased. We now have Associate degree nurses and baccalaureate degree nurses....