DIFFERENCES IN COMPETENCIES BETWEEN DIPLOMA, ASSOCIATE, AND BACCALAUREATE NURSES 1
Differences in Competencies between Diploma, Associate, and Baccalaureate Nurses
Ina M. Cash
Grand Canyon University
NRS-430V Professional Dynamics
DIFFERENCES IN COMPETENCIES BETWEEN DIPLOMA, ASSOCIATE, AND BACCALAUREATE NURSES 2
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Your range for diploma program to baccalaureate can be around $25,000 to $75,000.
(Penn State Tuition Cost Calculator, 2014, June 3). The funds just were not there, in recent years, for a
young person fresh from high school to attend college. Thanks to all the federal incentives available
today just about anyone can go to college and get their baccalaureate degree. So the ability to go to
college exists, but you do have to work for it.
Another big difference is that in a diploma program you get more hands on, clinical, training.
The same goes for an associate degree. While the baccalaureate nursing programs do include all that is in
the diploma and associate programs the baccalaureate programs also provide a more rounded education.
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Including in the course, more emphasis on nursing research and management, and on nursing for all
humanity plus there is a focus on professional development to allow for a broader scope of practice.
(American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2013).
There have been multiple studies done that prove baccalaureate nurses provide a decrease in
mortality, in a study by Yakusheva, O., Lindrooth, R. & Weiss, M., a “10% increase in the proportion of
baccalaureate-prepared nurses on hospital units was associated with lowering the odds of patient
mortality by 10.9%” (October 2014). A decrease in return visits and shorter length of stays, a decrease
in decubitus ulcers, less failure to rescue, as well as less postoperative deep vein thrombosis or
pulmonary embolism. (Mary, B. ,Goode, C., Park, S., Vaughn, T., & Spetz, J., February 2013). And it
has been proven in critical thinking activities and in decision making that the baccalaureate nurse does
have higher scores; however experience and knowledge cannot be replaced and must be accounted for in
each situation. (Pardue, S.,1987). So in a scenario where you have a code blue...