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Associate Degree Nursing Obtaining this particular degree requires two years to complete usually at community college and the passing of the National Council Licensee Exam (UNCLE). This test is known to test your knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for safe and effective practice at the entry-level of nursing. Associate Degree Nursing focuses on the nursing fundamentals, basics of nursing, care planning, and everyday nursing skills. It is said that Dry. Mildred Montage (Nurse Educator) introduced the two year DAN program some fifty years ago due to a nursing shortage.

This program was known to be patient centered not disease center. Montage (1952). Baccalaureate Degree Nursing This particular degree requires four years to complete and the passing of the National Council Licensee Exam (UNCLE). According to Fibber (2011) Baccalaureate nursing was founded after the war. Baccalaureate Degree Nursing focuses on critical thinking, leadership skills, case management, and health promotion. They also have the ability to practice across varies inpatient and outpatient services.

Treatment of physical and social sciences, research, nursing management, public and community health are more extensive. Although both have the same core curriculum the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (CAN) believes that education plays a big part when it comes to knowledge and competences of nurse clinicians, and healthcare providers. Obtaining your (BBS) offers more opportunities to further your career such as an (nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and nurse anesthetist). Baccalaureate Nurses focus on nursing theory, nursing informatics, and nursing research.

Dry. Linda Awaken (2003) and team believes “higher levels of nursing education gives better patient outcomes”. The Institute of Medicine dates “an increase in the percentage of nurses with a Baccalaureate is imperative as the scope of what the public needs from nurses grows, expectations surrounding quality heighten, and the settings where nurses are need proliferate and become more complex”. Patient Case Scenario A diabetic patient manages her blood sugar via implanted insulin pump and diet. She has been NP since midnight for surgery the next morning.

Her blood sugar was 220 before the procedure. Logon returning from surgery the nurse notices the patient has a change in mental status, fatigued, and pale in lour. The nurse checks the blood sugar and obtains vital signs. The blood sugar was 80 and the vital signs were within normal limits. The nurse then places a call to the Dry. To report findings. The Baccalaureate Nurse may have reviewed the previous blood sugars and vital signs to see if findings were normal for this patient because what may be the normal for one patient may not be normal for this patient. They may also inquire to the Dry. Bout Hemoglobin and Homoerotic levels being that the patient just had surgery and could have internal bleeding. This type of nurse looks at the whole picture. Differences in Competences of DAN vs. BBS Associate Degree Nurses focus on human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity and spirit of inquiry. Whereas the Baccalaureate Nurse focuses on health, environment, person, and nursing. In conclusion both the DAN and BBS play an important role in both healthcare and the well beings of patients. The DAN seems to be a stepping stone and helps determine one’s purpose.

The BBS raises your potential, changes perspectives about nursing, and gives the opportunity to finally “see the big stricture. ” Delaney & PepsiCo (2004 and 2007). Ann Ketene-Lee (2013) Nurse Researcher and colleagues discovered that a 1 0-point increase in nurses holding a BBS was associated with an average reduction Of 2. 12 deaths for 1 ,OHO patients. Patients with complications proved to be a decrease of 7. 47 deaths per 1 ,OHO patients. The research that has been done speaks for itself. References National Council Licensee Examination from Wisped, the free encyclopedia American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2012).