Differences in Competencies Between an Associate Degree and a Bachelor Degree Nurse

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Differences in Competencies between an Associate Degree and a Bachelor Degree Nurse
Grand Canyon University
Professional Dynamics
NRS 430V
Monica Kidder
February 10, 2013

There are three ways; one can get the title of a Registered Nurse (RN) to practice in the United States. One is the Diploma Nurse; it is a hospital based school. It was popular until the mid 1970. This program teaches minimal competencies and let them sit for the NCLEX-RN boards. I have found on the internet that there are some schools that continue to teach it. It takes about 18 to 32 months. Then there is the 2 year Associate Degree Nurse, they get their degree from a community college. The training they receive focuses on the technical skills, it is cheap and fast. The Bachelor Degree is a 4 year academic degree from a university.
Since the 1991, the American Nurse Association (ANA) House of Delegates “supported the baccalaureate degree as certification examination by 1998” ("ANA, 2000). Other Association also has a strong support for the “registered nurse to be educated in the baccalaureate program in an effort to adequately prepare clinicians for challenging and complex roles” (Rosseter, 2012) Nursing association believes that there should be a set entry level degree to become a Registered Nurse. Many feel if there was a required degree, then they would be taken serious as a professional career instead of a job. Doctor, Lawyer, CPA and other professional are required to have a certain degree and training to enter the field.
Case Study 1
The question that was asked, if there are any differences in ADN and BSN students, in the training they receive.
The research has shown that “ADN students reported significantly higher stress in clinical practice than the BSN students” (Oermann, 1998, p. 197). According to the study it is the instructors that cause the stress throughout the...

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