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Running head: EDUCATION PREPARATION
Education preparation: Differences in competences between nurses prepared at the
Associate degree level versus Baccalaureate degree level nursing
Awudu Braimah Shaibu
Grand Canyon University: NRS-430V Professional dynamics.
All researches conducted revealed that higher nursing education improves quality care and enhances patient outcomes. According to a study by (Dr. Aiken, May, 2008), confirmed the findings from their landmark 2003 study which show a strong link between RN education level and patient outcomes. The study found that every 10% increase in the proportion of baccalaureate nurses on the hospital staff was associated with a 4% decrease in the risk of death. The outcome of many other researches linking nursing education to patient outcomes has collaborated with this research. It was as a result of these that the nation’s Magnet hospitals, which are recognized for nursing excellence
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and superior patient outcomes, have moved to require all nurse leaders to hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing by 2013 (AACN, 12) . In New York State for example, hospitals like Presbyterian Hospital and New York Hospital Queens prefer hiring nurses with baccalaureate degree to nurses with associate degree. This new trend and researches has made it difficult for associate degree nurses to get hired into recognize/magnet hospitals as new graduates in recent times. Baccalaureate program prepares graduates for the full scope of professional nursing responsibilities. It is this advancement, regulation and current graduate preference of nursing education that has influenced nurses with associate degree to acquire a baccalaureate degree.
Nursing associations and nursing unions across the country are focused on helping nurses pursue higher education in order to advance nursing profession. They provide incentives in the form of tuition reimbursement and tuition reduction for its members. These is to help nurses advance their education to meet the requirements of higher education to meet desire to create a more highly educated nursing workforce in the interest of improving patient safety and quality care.
The controversy regarding associate degree nursing as an entry level for registered nurse has been gradually been changing since its inception and will continue this way for long time to come. Community college/associate degree nursing programs, which arose in the early 1950s, were the first and only educational programs for nursing that were systematically developed
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from planned research and controlled experimentation. The cadet nurse corps of the United States was legislated and financed during World War II to provide additional nurses to meet
both military and civilian needs (Kozier, Erb, Berman and Snyder, seventh edition). The associate nursing program indeed live up to its expectations. The associate degree nurses actually responded to the nursing needs during nursing shortage thereby meeting government and consumer interest. In New York State for example, associate degree...