Educational Preparation in Nursing

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Educational Preparation in Nursing
Steven Justo

Abstract
The leaders of nursing throughout history have shaped not only the practice of the nursing, but also entrance to the profession via, Diploma, Associates Degree and Bachelors Degree programs. While multiple avenues exist to gain entry into the nursing profession as a Registered Nurse (RN), not all nurses are equally prepared for a professional career in nursing. An aging Baby Boomer generation entering into retirement relying more heavily on the healthcare system, will create a greater demand not only for Registered Nurses with Bachelors Degrees, but furthermore for those RNs with advanced post-graduate degree education to be able to manage an ever changing and challenged healthcare landscape.

Educational Preparation
The purpose of this paper is to examine the differences between Diploma, Associates Degree, and Bachelors Degree prepared nurses who take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s (NCSBN’s) Nursing Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) exam. While all three types of nurses are authorized to take and pass the NCLEX board exams for licensure, not all RNs are equally prepared to handle and manage the complex and ever changing healthcare landscape and in particular regards to preparedness of practice of the professional nurse.
Differences in Competencies
Diminishing Diploma Programs
Established in 1873, Massachusetts General Hospital initiated the very first formal nursing educational program in the United States (Friberg and Creasia 2011). Hospital based diploma programs were the dominant mode of entry to the nursing profession from their inception in the late 1800s through the middle 1900s with approximately 944 programs in the U.S. (Friberg, and Creasia). Maintaining diploma programs within hospitals became less…...

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