Identify a Patient Care Situation and Describe How Nursing Care, or Approaches to Decision‐Making, Differ Between the BSN‐Prepared Nurse and the ADN Nurse
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These limits are to ensure that prompt response is possible, but the abilities of the nurse, once attending on a patient in need, are also vital to the overall outcome. The more training nurses have, the more they can respond to complex situations, without wasting time by waiting for other qualified medical physicians. For this reason, continuous efforts are in place to increase the number of RNs with BSN qualifications in hospitals from 50% to 80% by 2020.
health care system and practice environments will require equally profound changes in the education of nurses both before and after they receive their licenses. Nursing education at all levels needs to provide a better understanding of and experience in care management, quality improvement methods, systems-level change management, and the reconceptualized roles of nurses in a reformed health care system. Nursing education should serve as a platform for continued lifelong learning and include opportunities for seamless transition to higher degree programs. Accrediting, licensing, and certifying organizations need to mandate demonstrated mastery of core skills and competencies to complement the completion of degree programs and written board examinations. To respond to the underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minority groups and men in the nursing workforce, the nursing student body must become more diverse. Finally, nurses should be educated with physicians and other health professionals as students and throughout their careers.
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