The nursing practice have been evolved significantly over the years and the evolution made the nurses more competent or skillful and responsible and empowered them to practice more freely. The nurses have been practicing in hospital settings traditionally, however in current health care settings the importance of nurses and their practice changed largely. In current health care settings nurses are practicing not only in hospitals, but also are practicing in home health care services, physicians’ offices, and assisted living facilities (Kieft et al., 2014). Moreover, the role and responsibilities of the nurses also enhanced significantly and nowadays, it is not easy for many medical professionals to define the role of a nurse. They have more responsibilities/ accountabilities than ever before and they are considered as medical professionals who are respected for their extensive training and practical application of their skills (nursingworld.org, 2022). In short, they are not considered as doctor’s assistant anymore but considered as professionals who can take the patient responsibility of their own.
In nursing practice, the nursing education and training could be two types which are associate education in nursing or ADN degree and another one is baccalaureate education in nursing or BSN degree. The nurses who practice with ADN degree are limited to carry out the selective clinical tasks that might include patient monitoring, taking vital signs, keeping the patient’s records, as well as carrying out other basic clinical procedures (nurse.org, 2022). In contrast, the nurses who holds a BSN degree includes other nursing aspects as well, like carrying out evidence-based practices, patient administration and management and taking part in public health.
In simple terms, a BSN education consists of more in-depth instruction in social sciences, administration, research, pubic as well as community healthcare, and leadership, in addition to all of the content covered in the ADN. A BSN registered nurse gains a greater awareness of the cultural, socioeconomic, and environmental concerns that affect patients and impact health-care delivery methods as a result of this.
In critical situation where the nurses need to care for the patients with critical situation, then the competency and skills comes handful and in such situation BSN nurses are more preferrable compared to ADN nurses for handling the situation better. It has been seen that over the years, since BSN nurses holds better understanding and knowledge about the entire health care framework as well as more in-depth knowledge and competencies about patient care, that help the nurses automatically in making a faster as well as better decisions and help them to do minimal clinical errors along with guide the patients as well as their families more appropriately (Sabio, 2019). From this information the idea about competencies of BSN nurses over AND nurses can be clearly seen. However, that is not to say that ADN nurses are not really capable or safe; it’s that BSN nurses have access to additional knowledge and training that can mean the difference between life as well as death in life-or-death circumstances.
In modern nursing care the importance of evidence-based practice (EBP) is large and it holds a crucial position as evidence-based practice in nursing practice empower the nurses to assess the research so that the nurses could understand and analyze the risk or efficacy of a specific intervention or diagnosis methods (Abu-Baker et al., 2021). The application of evidence-based practice helps the nurses to become more competent and confident that encourage them to include the EBP in their care and help them in taking decision more effectively. EBP in nursing equips nursing students with the scientific evidence they need to make well-informed decisions. Nurses may use EBP to remain up to speed on current clinical procedures for patient care. EBP allows nurses to assess studies in order to better understand the hazards and efficacy of diagnostic tests and treatments (Bsnedu.org, 2022).
To make sure the application of EBP into the practice settings the nurses can attend RN to BSN program. These programmes are designed to give specialization and deeper insights into subjects such as evidence-based practice application, as well as additional abilities to assist nurses tackle more complicated challenges.
Interdisciplinary teams are a type of medical team that works together to integrate several specialties. These groups can assist guarantee that patients obtain the best possible treatment while also improving the efficiency of medical institutions (Gausvik et al., 2015). Multidisciplinary, or interdisciplinary, conferences about client care also allow the registered nurse to communicate among the team as well as advocate more precisely for the patient, to conduct an interdisciplinary team, to participate in a multidisciplinary group, and to strengthen the registered nurse’s dedication to patients care and the care quality.
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