Research linking patient safety outcomes to ADN and BSN nurses

Discussing the correlation between patient safety outcomes and the educational backgrounds of nurses, recent research, such as the 2011 study by Aiken and colleagues, emphasizes the significance of higher education and a positive work environment in reducing patients’ mortality rates (Cherry & Jacob, 2017). Notably, a 10% increase in the number of BSN nurses is associated with a 4% decrease in mortality, underscoring the impact of educational qualifications on life-saving efforts.

While acknowledging the importance of knowledge gained through educational pursuits, personal experiences in the nursing field have reinforced the belief that both ADN and BSN nurses contribute significantly to patient care. Although some job markets prefer BSN-preferred qualifications, the practical experience garnered over the years remains a crucial factor in delivering high-quality nursing care.

The speaker highlights the preference for BSN qualifications in recent job fairs and recounts a personal instance where the lack of a BSN became a driving force to enroll in a BSN program. However, the argument is presented that years of practical experience, regardless of the educational background, contribute to a nurse’s competence. In an example, an LPN/LVN with extensive experience shared valuable insights during orientation, emphasizing the importance of practical knowledge gained through years on the job.

While agreeing that BSN education prepares nurses for leadership roles, the speaker does not subscribe to the notion that ADN nurses contribute to higher mortality rates. Instead, the focus is on creating a positive work environment, increasing the number of nurses, and fostering effective communication within healthcare teams to enhance overall patient outcomes.

In a hypothetical hiring scenario, the speaker expresses a preference for hiring an ADN nurse with substantial experience for floor positions, reserving leadership roles for BSN-prepared candidates. This nuanced perspective considers both educational qualifications and practical experience as valuable assets in shaping a well-rounded nursing team.


Cherry, B. & Jacob. S. (2017) Contemporary nursing, issues, trends, & management. St. Louis: Elsevier. Six editions. Retrieved from!/4/2/14/4@0:10

Sherman. R (2012) An 80% BSN Prepared Nursing Workforce by 2020? Emerging RN Leader. Retrieved on September 18th. From

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