BSN to DNP with no nursing experience - page 3

What are the advantages/disadvantages of going directly from a BSN to DNP program without obtaining significant nursing experience in between?... Read More

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    Quote from aph401
    that's completely different, those degrees are entry-level for practice.
    and the MSN/DNP is the entry-level for practice as a nurse practitioner, which is a completely different role than that of the RN, not a progression of the same role. I know it is called "advanced practice nursing", but is it really? Nurses do not diagnose or prescribe, nurse practitioners do. Their functions are entirely different.

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    Quote from RN4NICU
    and the MSN/DNP is the entry-level for practice as a nurse practitioner, which is a completely different role than that of the RN, not a progression of the same role. I know it is called "advanced practice nursing", but is it really? Nurses do not diagnose or prescribe, nurse practitioners do. Their functions are entirely different.
    I think it's the assessment that links the two.
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    Quote from fergus51
    I think it's the assessment that links the two.
    Yet, it is not necessarily a nursing assessment, since the objective is to formulate a medical diagnosis. MDs and PAs perform assessments in the form of the history and physical examination. This is the same assessment that the NP would be performing at this level of practice, as opposed to the nursing assessment, which does not lead to medical diagnosis but rather to nursing diagnoses which are targeted to nursing care rather than medical management.
    Last edit by RN4NICU on Aug 14, '07
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    I think that any experience is an asset, however the role and scope of practice of a BSN as compared to a Nurse Practitioner is vastly different... and the BSN can never get that experience.

    I agree with the earlier poster who stated that the New DNP should have a residency as would a new Physician. the fact is that anyone graduating from a higher level of practice degree is unprepared to practice autonomously imediately after graduation. Yet, only with the degree are you allowed to practice at that level.

    I guess my point is that, where RN nursing experience is valuable, I do not feel that it is necessary to DNP graduate.
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    My question may seem silly, but don't RN's get experience working as an RN while they are in the MSN or DNP program?
    I asked my nurse practioner about her schooling and she said she worked per diem as an RN while pursuing her MSN but otherwise went straight through.


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