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Can ADNs Perform on Par with BSNs?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 11th, 2010

In view nursing shortage, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York embarked on an initiative to determine whether associate degree nursing graduates, through an intensive internship program, can perform on par with baccalaureate nursing graduates.

ADN interns were compared with BSN interns on retention in the internship, clinical thinking, assessment skills, productivity, and intention to remain in nursing.

Findings revealed few significant differences between the ADN and BSN interns, suggesting that with competitive recruitment, appropriate support, and supplementary training, ADN interns can perform on par with their BSN counterparts in home health care.

With the nursing shortage reaching crisis proportion, this is a great way to ease it.

To learn more about nurse recruitment and retention, contact me.

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