1. In the Essentials, what, if anything, surprised you, is new to you or did you find confusing or unclear about the role of the BSN nurse?
After reading through the Essentials, there were a few things that surprised me and new to me relating to the role of a BSN nurse. I was surprised to read that using patient care technology was such a big focus in the essentials. In a society where we are continually relying more and more on the use of technology in all aspects of life, I think it is great that the essentials clearly states the importance of having the ability to utilize all health care technology available to us. According to the reading, one thing that the baccalaureate program should prepare us to do is the following: "Demonstrate…show more content… I was surprised to read that a baccalaureate nurse should have a solid understanding of healthcare service organization, finance and reimbursement (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008, pg. 20). I understand the importance that a BSN nurse has a good grasp on these concepts but personally in my degree I have had very little, if any, education regarding healthcare finance. I am curious to know where that essential knowledge will come from whether it is agency specific or a general topic in our final semesters of…show more content… According to The Future of Nursing: Focus on Education report, patient needs have become increasingly more complex and with this, nurses must attain competencies including: leadership, health policy, system improvement, research and evidence-based practice, and teamwork and collaboration (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2011, pg. 2). These competencies are things that are typically incorporated into curriculums of a 4-year BSN degree rather than an associate’s degree. In addition to better preparing nurses for a more complex set of patient needs, a BSN degree will also set the path for nurses to continue their education into more advanced practice roles that are in currently in high demand across the country (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2011, pg. 3). Overall, a BSN degree helps to prepare a nurse for the complex patients and situations they will encounter but also sets a stronger groundwork for nurses and healthcare professionals to work from. References
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2008). The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing. Retrieved on January 23, 2016 from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/BaccEssentials08.pdf
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2011). The Future