The differences between associate-degree nursing
and baccalaureate-degree in nursing
The ANA definition of nursing states it is the “protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations (ANA, 2014).”To be a nurse you must incorporate and use all of these qualities.
Schooling for a nurse varies; from learning as you go in the 1800s, to the present day four- year bachelor degree and/or the two-year technical associate degree. For many years ...view middle of the document...
” (Creasia, Friberg, J. 2011, p.25). The “Baccalaureate programs encompass all of the courses taught in an Associate program plus a more in depth treatment of the physical and social science, nursing research, public and community health nursing management, and humanities. These are here to enhance the nurses’ professional development, preparing them for a broader scope of practice and a better understanding of the cultural, political, economic and social issues that affect patients and influence health care. “(AACN, 2014). The Baccalaureate program provides a solid liberal education and a substantive upper division nursing major. Both educational divisions combined prepare the nurse for professional nursing services. (Creasia, Friberg, J. 2011, p.37). The downside of the Baccalaureate is an associate degree nurse can essentially do everything a bachelor degree nurse can do. This limits your role as a nurse and standing out in leadership responsibilities. (Creasia, Friberg, J. 2011, p37). A Bachelor nurse is not only taught to provide more complex daily care and patient education, but also how to coordinate a plan of care from admission to discharge, including supervising the aides and other assistive persons. (ACNA, 2014). The Bachelor nurse is taught to design a discharge plan and teaching plan, to collaborate with patients, physician and family and other departments. The associate degree nurse is supposed to function primary at the bedside in less complex situations, and provide teaching on how to cope with and maintain their condition upon discharge. (ACNA, 2014)
The Associate degree nurse is a two-year degree. This was established in 1952 by Mildred Montag. This was intended to be used as an alternative for the nursing shortage. This lead to the popularity of ADN programs around today. These programs consist of a balance between general education and clinical nursing courses. “Associate degree programs prepare technical bedside nurses for secondary care setting, such as community hospital and long term care facilities.” (Creasia, Friberg, J. 2011, p.27). I thought this was very interesting as it states “It was intended for an associate degree nurse to work under a bachelor degree nurse. “(Creasia, Friberg, J. 2011, p.27). The associate degree program allows affordable and accessible education to prepare the...