National League for Nursing

This is the post from a student in the class. I would like to reply to the post please, I am including the references.
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National League for Nursing. (2012). Outcomes and competencies for graduates of practical/vocational, diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, practice doctorate, and research doctorate programs in nursing.
Good evening Professor and Classmates,
Nursing is a very demanding profession as nurses are very crucial in today’s healthcare settings. There are different levels of nursing which all play vital roles within the nursing world. Each level brings new opportunities for growth and change within the profession. “Nursing professionals must be able to search for new solutions, be proactive, and entrepreneurial. Continuous learning for the professional nurse is no longer just a task needed for license renewal, but is critical to staying current in today’s nursing workforce.” (Ervin, 2017). Besides the obvious differences between Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in nursing such as the cost of degree and hourly/salary pay differences, there are other differences in the levels of degrees. Having a Bachelor’s degree can open the door to new leadership positions and more likely becoming a critical care nurse than the Associate’s degree nurse. Having your Master’s in Nursing opens even more doors and critical thinking skills. You are implementing research into your career and diving further into specialties and certain career paths.
There are many different tracks in Masters of Nursing, whether you choose to become an administrator, educator or Nurse Practitioner, all aspects are in high demand and very valuable. “Exploring the potential of increasing the number of nurses with Master’s qualifications is pivotal to developing future nursing practice, and this may have significant benefits for patients, employers and the wider community.” (Clark, Casey & Morris, 2015). It is thought that the more knowledge that nurses have and the more education that they get will benefit the patient’s outcomes in healthcare settings due to their critical thinking skills and ability to implement their research in the workplace. “Master’s-level nursing graduates must have an advanced level of understanding of nursing and relevant sciences as well as the ability to integrate this knowledge into practice.” (DeNisco & Barker, 2015). Although the differences for all levels of nursing are evident, we all have the patient’s best interest in mind and we all deliver the best care possible to our patients, regardless of degree status. I do believe that if you want to advance further in your career, the best way to achieve that goal is to further your education.
DeNisco, S. M. & Barker, A. M. (2015). Advanced practice nursing: Essential knowledge for the profession (3rd ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Ervin, S. (2017). History of Nursing Education in the United States. Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from (Links to an external site.)
Clark, L., Casey, D., & Morris, S. (2015). The value of master’s degrees for registered nurses (Links to an external site.). British Journal of Nursing, 24(6), 328-334. Retrieved from (Links to an external site.)

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