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Contemporary NursingSerena TurpinGrand Canyon UniversityContemporary Nursing Today’s nursing has grown far beyond Florence Nightingale. Nurses are no longer seen as the caretakers to the healthcare team or carry out tasks ordered the physician without question. Nurses are now leaders of the team as well as patient advocates and educators, ensuring patients and families have the information and tools they need to make the right decisions about their care. Below I will generally discuss how nursing has evolved, compare the difference between ADN and BSN, evidence-based practice, and how nurses today communicate and collaborate within the interdisciplinary team. The Beginning.In the beginning, nurses had very little formal training, medical skills were learned from other women or their mothers. Nursing wasn’t respected as a professional because they were women, let alone, recognized as a profession. Women were caretakers, taking care of their family as well as helping in the community. Florence Nightingale, who was the first to begin revolutionizing modern health care in the 1800s. She helped to pave the way for actual nursing training and education which provided a foundation for nurses today CITATION Che19 l 1033 (Ranard, 2019). Today, there are responsibilities associated with patient care, set regulations and standards, adherence to policy, diversified staff, more intense training and educational programs, and a level of respect associated with this area of the medical field. The nursing profession now applies evidence-based practice with acceptable social facets of care CITATION Dyn19 l 1033 (Dynamics in Nursing Art and Science of professional Practice. (2018)., 2019).ADN and BSN Nursing: What are the Differences?An ADN is an Associate Degree in Nursing and a BSN is a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Both ADN and BS degrees sit for the same licensing exam NCLEX and the BS nursing program include all the foundational course work taught in ADN programs, but this is where similarities stop there. Baccalaureate programs are more in-depth into the physical and social sciences, and include coursework on nursing research, nursing management and public and community health, among others. CITATION Why19 l 1033 (Why Teamwork and Communication Are Critical in Nursing, 2019). This additional coursework and training strengthen professional development and prepares the nursing professional to practice in a continuously changing healthcare industry CITATION The19 l 1033 (The Impact of Education on Nursing Practice, 2019). Simply stated, the difference in care provided is that the ADN performs repetition basic nursing skills or tasks, whereas the BSN uses evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills to provide high-quality nursing care. The ADN may say ” I do this because of my experience as a nurse” (technician) and the BSN (professional) would state “I do this because of the evidence-based clinical information”. Here, I must disagree, to a point. All ADN programs may not teach EBP or patient-centered care, but the ADN program that I attended did. We were taught to consider the whole picture as opposed to just focusing on the table in the picture. At the same time, I know BS programs are designed for more in-depth training, although some of the examples used to describe the ADN as “technician” does not depict a fair description of what an ADN-RN does. I can say for myself; that I was taught to assess every possibility before performing a task for my patients’ safety. I have never performed a task just because, “that is what the physician ordered”. BSN is beneficial for a nurse anticipates moving into a supervisory, administrative, or teaching role. Although ADN programs touch on care coordination, team coordination, and quality assurance, BS programs focus more on theory and research, disease prevention, community health, advocacy, and informatics to better examine data, implement best practices and find better solutions to patient outcomes. This would give you a better understanding of the cultural, political and social issues that affect clinical patients, as well as paving the way for the MS program.Interprofessional collaboration.For nurses, other healthcare professionals, and patients interprofessional collaboration improves patient outcomes, elicits fewer preventable errors, reduces healthcare costs, and improves relationships with other disciplines. As well as, decreasing workloads for all health professionals by lessening repeated effort and increasing knowledge. Building relationships with professionals in other disciplines leads to better understanding. CITATION Tam19 l 1033 (Perron, 2019). “Communication and teamwork skills are important for providing quality health care.  When all clinical and nonclinical staff collaborate effectively, health care teams can improve patient outcomes, prevent medical errors, improve efficiency and increase patient satisfaction” CITATION Jay19 l 1033 (Jay Bhatt, 2019).Conclusion.Nurses have been advocates for disadvantaged and vulnerable populations since times of war. The role of nurses has changed over time to accommodate to social needs and influences, as well as, technology and education, all the while retaining the leadership and advocacy roles that they have been held to since the beginning of the profession. A wide variety of factors impact on the scope of nursing practice, including government policies, organizational structures, the media, education, future healthcare directions and service users themselves. Through educational programs, effective communication, and team collaboration, nurses are armed with the tools to become leaders ensuring patients received the best possible care and that have the information and tools they need to make the right decisions about their care.References BIBLIOGRAPHY Dynamics in Nursing Art and Science of professional Practice. (2018). (2019, September 7). Retrieved from Grand Canyon University: 30v/dynamics-in-nursing-art-and-science-of-professional-practice/v1.1/Jay Bhatt, D. a. (2019, September 7). Focusing on Teamwork and Communication to Improve Patient Safety. Retrieved from American Hospital Association:, T. L. (2019, Sptember 7). Interprofessional collaboration improves healthcare. Retrieved from Reflections on Nursing Leadership:, C. 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