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ADN nurses are educated to provide nursing care to persons with similar health issues in a structured environment. BSN nurses are educated to engage in independent thinking and provide nursing care to persons with complex and differing health issues within a variety of settings, including the community. Other responsibilities of BSN nurses is to develop researched based care protocols, assume nursing management positions, and coordinate care for persons with complex interactive health care needs.
A Side by Side Comparison of ADN and BSN Competencies
(Hood, 2009, p.19)
Differentiating competencies gives health care providers the opportunity to utilize the education and experience provided by the diverse educational programs leading to RN licensure. The RN is given the opportunity to practice to their potential, taking full advantage of educational preparation, while not being expected to practice beyond it. In many cases, differentiated models of practice are supported by a clinical "ladder" or defined steps for advancement within the organization based on experience in nursing, education, certifications, or other indicators of professional excellence (NAI, 2010).
Nurses are involved in decisions that affect client's lives. Regardless of the preparation program completed, it is imperative that all nurses have the intellectual capacity to master scientific concepts, understand the impact they have on others, and use this information in clinical practice to understand the consequences of their actions. Hood (2009) asserts a professional nurse must possess a body of knowledge on which professional practice is based, a specialized education to transmit this body of knowledge to others, and the ability to use this knowledge in critical and creative ways.
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