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How to Improve Patient Care and Enhance Your Nursing Practice

You can enhance your nursing practice and learn how to improve patient care by furthering your education through an online RN to BSN program. Earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing will allow you to incorporate evidence-based practice into your work as well as assess, understand, and tailor your skills to meet patients’ diverse needs.

An RN to BSN program facilitates the knowledge and skills that show nurses how to improve patient care through best practices, thorough understanding of patient complex needs, and advanced assessment skills. Evidence-based practice combines research evidence, clinical expertise, and patient values and preferences to support and enhance the patient care process. Evidence-based practice was developed as a means to overcome the standard medical practice of making decisions based on personal experience, anecdotal evidence, or tradition. Combining clinical practice with evidence will enhance the patient experience and lead to better outcomes.

Many RN to BSN programs allow working nurses to pursue a degree while maintaining their jobs. These programs are offered by institutions that provide flexible learning schedules to accommodate a working student's schedule. Online RN to BSN programs provide flexibility while still guiding students through a rigorous program.

A BSN degree increases your value as a healthcare professional and provides a broad view of how to improve patient care and provide customized plans to a diverse population. Diversity among patients goes far beyond age, gender, ethnicity and medical history. Understanding patient cultures improves your ability to provide empathy and show respect while formulating a plan of care. Today’s diverse population is living longer and presenting cases that are more complex to healthcare professionals. An RN to BSN program addresses these diverse and complex populations and provides nurses with the ability to assess and coordinate a quality patient experience.

Combining your on-the-job experience with a high-quality education through an RN to BSN program will provide you with the critical thinking expertise to improve patient care and outcomes.

Learn more about the University of South Carolina’s online RN to BSN program.


Sources:

http://www.nsna.org/Portals/0/Skins/NSNA/pdf/Imprint_Jan09_Feat_Leonard.pdf

http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Volume82003/No1Jan2003/AddressingDiversityinHealthCare.aspxThank


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