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RN-BSN Students’ Perceptions of the Differences in Practice of the ADN- and BSN-Prepared RN

Matthias, April D. PhD, RN, CNE; Kim-Godwin, Yeoun Soo PhD, RN, CNE

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000244
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This study explored RN-BSN students’ perceptions of practice differences between nurses prepared with an ADN and BSN. Five themes were identified in 20 students’ discussion posts: “a nurse is a nurse” at the bedside, beyond the bedside, BSN wanted, digging deeper, and appraisal. Results illustrate the need for educators to assist nurses in translating the differentiated educational competencies to the practice role of the bedside RN.

Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Matthias) and Professor (Dr Kim-Godwin), School of Nursing, University of North Carolina Wilmington.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Matthias, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 601 S College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403 (

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Accepted for publication: December 9, 2015

Published ahead of print: February 9, 2016

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