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Competencies Expected of the Associate Degree Nurse


Competencies Expected of the Associate Degree Nurse
The Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) graduate is prepared and expected to practice within the framework of the Educational Competencies for Graduates of Associate Degree Nursing Programs as identified by the NLN Council of Associate Degree Nursing Competencies Task Force in 2000. As identified by the Task Force, ADN graduates practice within the framework of eight core components and competencies. The core components of nursing practice are: professional behaviors, communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, teaching and learning, collaboration, and managing care. These core components emphasize competencies related to diversity in healthcare, clinical decision making, assessment, patient education, continuity of care (including community aspects), collaboration and leadership. In order to meet expected outcomes, the ADN graduate uitlizes critical thinking and demonstrates clinical competence and accountability as an adaptable generalist who is committed to caring for others and valuing the profession of nursing.
The Associate Degree Nurse is an entry level practitioner and is competent to practice as a direct caregiver in a variety of health care settings which include diverse patient population. ADN graduates are employed in a health care delivery system that continues to grow and change. Consequently, ADN graduates may pursue bachelors, masters, and ddoctoral degrees in preparation for advanced levels of practice.


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