Quote from Bumashes
I have considered it. I guess I'm kind of put off by the fact that they're going to be PhD required by the time I get to the MSN part of my schooling. I already forgot what year it's gotta be by. I just don't like to be rushed. I had wanted to do the RN-BSN in a year, and then take the MSN for up to 2 years, which would give me more time to have a bit more nursing exp under my belt by then. As it stands, I'll only have 3 years after my BSN completion, and I had wanted to have 5 years exp before becoming an APN or whatever I may be. I just don't feel it's fair to my pts if I jump to the advanced practices without a good deal of exp first. And in order to do that, I'll probably be past the deadline for the PhD requirement by then. I wonder... Are they gonna require those who have already gotten or are in the process of obtaining an APN degree to go on and get the PhD? Or will they just be grandfathered in and allowed to remain an ANP with only an MSN? Just too many ?'s up in the air for me at this moment I guess. First thing's first, though. I've still got 1 year at least before I have to start really thinking about it. Thank goodness!
Actually, it's the DNP, not PhD. And, it's only a "vision" for now. Sure, many programs are going to the DNP now, but as for it being a mandatory terminal degree, that's not come about. (I've been of the opinion that it will be, however). The target date "vision" is 2015.
I admire the fact you want/desire RN experience prior to going the advanced practice avenue (that's the way, IMO, it should be). Kudos to you.
Ones who are already practicing as APNs w/o the DNP will be grandfathered in. They will not be disenfranchised.
Good luck to you.