How Does Having a BSN VS an ADN Degree Change The Outcome of Patient Care?
Grand Canyon University: NRS-430V
January 31st, 2016
When a person goes to the hospital, they expect to get the best care possible by all medical staff. When a nurse goes into a patient’s room, they do not ask the nurse what school they went to or if they received an ADN or BSN degree, they just expect that nurse to be competent in their job. The NCLEX-RN exam is based on minimal competency and does distinguish between graduate levels. Therefore, all nurses graduating from a nursing program and getting ready to take the exam are equal at that time.
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The Lancet, put out a study in May of 2014 named, “Nurse Staffing and Education and Hospital Mortality in Nine European Countries: A Retrospective Observational Study” “found that patients experiencing complications after surgery are more likely to live if treated in hospitals with adequate nurse staffing levels and higher numbers of BSN nurses”. (Creating a More Highly Qualified Workforce, 2015).Researcher Olga Yakusheva from the University of Michigan and her colleagues published a study in the October 2014 issue of Medical Care, and found that a 10% increase in the proportion of baccalaureate-prepared nurses on hospital units was associated with lowering the odds of patient mortality by 10.9%. Titled “Economic Evaluation of the 80% Baccalaureate Nurse Workforce Recommendation,” the study authors also found that increasing the amount of care provided by BSNs to 80% would result in significantly lower readmission rates and shorter lengths of stay. These outcomes translate into cost savings that would more than off-set expenses for increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in hospital settings.
This report emphasizes the significance of furthering ones education. All nurses should practice to the full extent of their ability and education regardless of level of educational degree. Achieving higher levels of education and training always provide one with more knowledge and understanding of their profession, regardless of how long they have been doing it.
The fact is, the healthcare profession is always changing, and in order to keep up healthcare professionals have to do continuing education classes. When a nurse graduates from an ADN program or a BSN program, it does not matter what degree they have in their hand because education in the healthcare field is never ending. Having a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing may prove to be beneficial by allowing better opportunities,...