Work as an RN before becoming a NP?

  1. I'm a nursing student in college, and am working toward my BSN, but am really considering being an NP. Should I work as an RN before going back to school? Or just stick out the extra schooling right after undergrad? Let me hear your opinions and experiences! Thanks!
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    I'm an advocate of working as an RN so that you choose the right specialty as an APN.

    Plus, though there are those that disagree with me, I think nursing experience can only help you with assessment, time management and just knowing which direction you want to go.

    Good luck.
  4. by   MollzBSN
    I was in the same position as you very recently! I decided to go to grad school (DNP) the very next semester part time.. so I will be working/getting experience while learning. My program will take about 4 1/2 years but I feel like I will have enough experience at the end since I would be working full time the whole time anyway. Also, I don't have enough money to just not work and go to school full time. As far as not knowing your specialty, my school only offers Adult/Gerontology and family.. so all I really had to know is if I wanted to include kids in my study or not. Good luck and keep us updated!