Grand Canyon University: NRS-430V
Differences in Competencies Between Associate and Baccalaureate Nursing Degree
A survey was conducted with 102 graduates from an associate degree program. The data analysis discussed the graduates’ perception of their comfort level with leadership, delegation skills, management, professional identity and teamwork (Jones & Mbewe, 2011). This paper will focus on the areas that the graduates felt inadequate and compare these areas to the focus and content of each program. It will also look at differences in nursing care approaches based on educational background.
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Leadership and Professional Identity As supported by this article, leadership is not discussed until the final semester of the associate degree program. The focus is on theory and learning clinical skills. Grand Canyon University College of Nursing Philosophy states the program “incorporates the roles of assessing, critical thinking, providing care, teaching and leading,” (Grand Canyon University College of Nursing Philosophy, 2011, p. 1). For example, in the first week of the nursing baccalaureate program students are required to write a group paper to demonstrate teamwork. The group is then required to elect a team leader who leads the project and submits the final draft. The nursing philosophy states there is an emphasis on leadership and this is supported in the first week of the program.
In addition, the survey of the associate degree graduates found the students did not have a sense of professional identity. The authors associated this lack of professional identity to a minimal emphasis of involvement with professional organizations, volunteer opportunities or conferences. The authors discuss the need for this type of involvement as necessary to truly identify with what being a nurse really means. This includes understanding and owning the responsibilities of being a nurse. The article states professional identity is