Discuss current research that links patient safety outcomes to ADN and BSN nurses. Based on some real-life experiences, do you agree or disagree with this research

One article state that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended 80 percent of the nation’s nurses to hold bachelor’s degrees or higher by 2020 in order to meet the current complexity of patient needs. There for the hospitals prefer to have a large number of BSN-prepared nurses to lower patient mortality rates. For every 10 % increase of nurses with BSNs, it’s equivalent to 7 % decrease in patient deaths in acute care setting (Building the Case for More Highly Educated Nurses, 2014). Another journal claims that the nurses with a BSN have better patient outcomes in lowering the mortality rates and lower failure to rescue rates because the BSN nurses have higher proficiency in making good nursing diagnoses, use effective communication, better in critical thinking skill and have better leadership skills. RNs with a diploma has many skills, but the skills are for basic clinical care (Top 9 Advantages of a BSN Degree – 2018, 2018).

Based on some real experience, I agree with the researches. I feel that with all the classes I have taken so far, have help me with further development of my critical thinking skills, which in turn can improve patients care experiences. Additionally, the use of effective communication skills has further developed, as well I have also learned to more effectively manage my use of time and resource more effectively. During my first year of being RN, I used to think that I was well prepared to care for my patients, I learned that the knowledge that I had acquired was just the entry point in order to perform my nursing duties safely, I quickly realized that I had so much more to learn. Now that I am almost completed with this BSN program, I feel more confident in my abilities to provide even better care of my patients. Even more so I plan on utilizing them in my new position as assistant nurse manager for my department at work. With this newfound knowledge from my BSN education, I am able to manage and leader other more completely and plan on continuing forward to advance further as leader in this field. I am extremely grateful for continuing my education here at GCU, and look forward to further continuing into my next degree upon completion of the BSN.

Building the Case for More Highly Educated Nurses. (2014). Retrieved from

Top 9 Advantages of a BSN Degree – 2018 (2018, August 3). Retrieved from

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