The Joys of Obtaining A BSN
Grand Canyon University: NRS-430V
There is a plethora of differences in abilities for the associate degree nurse versus the baccalaureate degree nurse. To start the level of education and the requirements for education are different. A person who purses an associate-degree in nursing only has to attend either a junior or community college for two years. Whereas the person who purses a baccalaureate-degree in nursing must receive a four year education from a university or college level. Also, there is a difference in the amount of credits that an associate degree nurse and baccalaureate-degree nurse must obtain. For example, “There is a distinct difference between the 72 ADN credits and the 125 BSN credits required in each nursing programs’ curriculum.”(The difference between associate degree nurses and baccalaureate degree nurses, 2008) This shows us that education plays a major role in the difference in abilities of the associate degree nurses and the baccalaureate -degree nurses. It also explains why a baccalaureate-degree nurse is allowed to do more than an associate-degree nurse.
More hospitals are preferring a baccalaureate-degree nurse over and associate-degree nurse because of their ability and enhanced critical thinking skills, prepared for leadership, and they can practice in a variety of setting both inpatient and outpatient. For instance, “Baccalaureate nursing programs encompass all of the course work taught in associate degree and diploma programs plus a more in-depth treatment of the physical and social sciences, nursing research, public and community health, nursing management, and the humanities.”(AACN, ANA, AONE, and NLN, 1995) Showing that there is a totally different level of thinking required when it comes to getting a baccalaureate-degree in nursing. “Unlike graduates of diploma or associate-degree nursing programs, the nurse with a baccalaureate-degree is prepared to practice in all health...