The Presentation Of The Health Services And The Complexity Of These Require

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New approaches in the presentation of the health services and the complexity of these require, more than ever, nurses with a greater educational degree. As the demands increase, and the healthcare undergoes continuous change, there is a greater need for highly qualified, educated, and diverse nurses. Our role today requires a high degree of judgment to make responsible decisions based on critical thinking and Evidence-Based practice. This knowledge can only be obtained in an educational program at the professional level (American Association of College of Nursing [AACN], 2014). There are different approaches that can be taken to obtain a degree in nursing. There is a diploma level, a two year program based in a hospital and facility training, an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), which is a three year program, offered at community colleges, and a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (BSN), which is a four year program offered at colleges and universities (Auerbach, 2015). After a satisfactory completion of any of these programs and before new graduates can legally practice, they have to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). This exam is not done to test for the difference in education between graduates of different entry-level programs (AACN, 2014). According the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (2014), this test is done to evaluate the competencies required for an entry-level nurse to practice safely and effectively. Although all graduating…

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