Write a formal paper (750-1,000 words) discussing the differences in competencies(ability of an individual to do a job properly) between nurses prepared at the associate-degree level versus the baccalaureate-degree level in nursing. For additional help finding research on this topic, refer to the library tutorial located at in the Student Success Center. Identify a patient care situation in which you describe how nursing care or approaches to decision-making may differ based upon the educational preparation of the nurse (BSN versus a diploma or ADN degree).
RUBRIC: Differences in competencies between nurses based on degree level are accurate and supported with detail, while demonstrating deeper understanding by incorporating prior learning. Use of patient care situation to describe differences in approach to nursing care based upon formal educational preparation in nursing is accurate and supported with detail, while demonstrating deeper understanding by incorporating prior learning. Identify a patient care situation in which you describe how nursing care or approaches to decision-making may differ based upon the educational preparation of the nurse
I. Introduction (1 paragraph)
A. Thesis: BSN is better than ADN.
a. More choices of employment
b. More critical thinking developed
c. Better pay
d. I can specialize in healthcare areas and teach on these subjects (ex. wound care, tele)
II. Body (5 paragraphs): Argument:
A. Positives and negatives of ADN nurse
a. Get a degree in shorter amount of time but still get paid an RN’s wage
b. Get ADN and work and be making money and still support family while attaining BSN
c. Get experience on the unit before accomplishing BSN degree (not so new feeling)
a. Cannot work in hospital administration
b. Is not up to magnet status
B. Positives and negatives of BSN nurse