The Level Of Nursing Education

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There have been numerous studies to prove that an increase in the level of nursing education prompts to an increase in patient outcomes. Due to the difficulties in using statistical data in entire nursing practice, these studies were based primarily on patient outcomes, mortality rates and failure-to-react during complications after surgery. According to the research by Blegen, Goode, Park, Vaughn, & Spetz (2013), “Hospitals with a higher percentage of RNs with baccalaureate or higher degrees had lower congestive heart failure mortality, decubitus ulcers, failure to rescue, and postoperative deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism and shorter length of stay” (p. 89). In another study it was found that a “10% increase in proportion of BSN nurses to be associated with a 5% decrease in the likelihood of failure-to-rescue” (Ridley, 2008). In fact these research results set a trend for hospitals to hire BSN nurse, fueled by the health care reform and reimbursement based on patient outcome (Lecture 3, 2010). Both ADN and BSN are prepared to learn about the clinical procedures and steps, patient evaluation based on symptoms and signs. Both are prepared almost equally on human anatomy and physiology. The real difference with furthered education is leadership skills and the additional skill of using researching to lead change. At the entry level position there is not much difference between the ADN and the BSN specifically in clinical competencies. However, because of the different coursework the BSN, besides the AND competencies they are prepared for providing safe care to clients with complex and/or poorly defined needs, and they develop is leadership skills and the additional skill of using researching to lead change. In addition,... ... middle of paper ... ...found out, ever since the Lasix started, he has been irritable. Then, I found that the timing was adversely affecting his behavior. The Lasix was scheduled 8am and 8pm so the whole night, he had been getting up and going to the bathroom therefore he hasn’t been sleeping. So, I was able to do a full body assessment and found that he hasn’t been having any bowel movements for five days. So, I notified the doctor and changed Lasix time to 8am and 2pm and his bowel issue was taken care of. The next day, he looked like an entirely different person and he said, “I slept like a baby last night. I feel so much better.” He then apologized to me for yelling. He started to go to therapy, participating in all activities, and never refused any care after that. While everyone stayed away from him, using the knowledge I learned during this course, I was able to resolve the problem.
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