Grand Canyon University: NUR 430V
One could argue that a nurse with a baccalaureate degree (BSN) holds a higher level of competency than a nurse with an associate’s degree (ADN). The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) believes that. Acquiring a bachelor’s degree helps the nurse “strengthen her platform to make better decisions, plans and evaluations of patient outcomes.” (Hood, 2006) Studies show that hospitals with nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level show enhanced knowledge, which lower death rates, have less chance of medication errors and more positive outcomes in their ...view middle of the document...
The nurse is the one who is primarily responsible for medication errors. She must not only instill the five rights to the medication but also understand the theory in why she is giving the medication. According to one study resulting from supporting evidence, there is a rise in patients deaths related to medication errors by undereducated nurses with less experience. (Stetina, 2005) Studies show with a bachelor’s degree the nurse learns at a deeper level to prepare them for a greater scope of practice and a better understanding of patients concerns. As demonstrated in a study published in 2014 in The Lancet, patients live longer after surgery if hospitals have adequate employees with BSN degrees and proper staffing. Nurses with more education have patients with less decubitus ulcers, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolisms states another study from Mary Blegen. (Blegen, 2013)
“Well educated nursing enhances clinical competency and care delivery” states the American Association of College of Nursing (AACN). (Fact Sheet:Creating a More Highly Qualified Nursing Workforce) They believe that education strongly impacts a nurse’s capability to perform for her patients. They also believe that patients have the right to have the best educated nurse for their care, and recommend all nurses continue their education to develop the highest level of nursing excellance they can in the United States.
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Personally I have not noticed a difference in higher educated nurses on the hospital-novice level. I know when I graduated nursing school my clinical instructors and preceptors stated that those attending a community college had more clinical experience right out of nursing school than those that attended a university. They didn’t have the amount of clinical hours that the ADN nurses had. With that said, my nursing peers who started working in my department, both ADN and BSN graduates, showed no difference when it came to clinical care. I feel experience plays a very important role in handling tough situations, as well as age and life experiences. As time and requirements change, we are seeing our managers and charge nurses holding associates degrees, but who have more experience, pushed out of their positions and replaced with younger, less experienced nurses, who hold bachelor’s degrees. Their experience alone lacks the awareness and understanding needed in situations as compared with those with years of experience. Confidence and knowledge of the care needed in emergent situations is not something that can be learned by education alone; it takes...