NICU only experience ok for PNP program admittance?

  1. 0 Hello to all!

    I'm a current RN, BSN with 2+ years of Level III NICU experience and would love to further my education to become an NP... a PNP. Although I really enjoy what I do, I have zero desire to work primarily in a hospital setting (like most NNP's).

    I'm aware that many BSN students have gone straight into NP programs and have done very well not having had bedside experience at all, so I don't see how my previous bedside experience, even in just NICU, could hinder me from my chosen career path. I assume at least some experience would be seen as an asset. I mean, hopefully

    Can anyone provide some insight?

    Thanks so much!

    Yours very truly,
  2. Visit  EverGraceRN profile page

    About EverGraceRN

    Joined Sep '11; Posts: 14; Likes: 1.

    1 Comments so far...

  3. Visit  bayouchick02 profile page
    EverGraceRN, I would not even worry about that! I've been a Level III NICU RN for nearly 5 years myself, and I just completed the FNP program. My only experience is NICU (as well some mother/baby and NBN). I had the same fears as you, but honestly, your role as an NP is different from that of a staff RN anyway. Plus, you learn a lot of that stuff in school. Yes, it was a bit of a learning curve for me, and I even had one of my professors try to put me down for it, but in the end yes your experience would be seen as an asset. I know of a nurse that I used to work with, also a NICU (Level 2) nurse who completed her PNP program with only NICU experience. She's now working at a pediatric clinic and she loves it! You should go for it, and don't let anyone try to tell you otherwise!

Nursing Jobs in every specialty and state. Visit today and find your dream job.