I have been reading about the starting requirements for a PhD program for NP degrees. I have concerns about getting my masters.
Although, I would be able to get my masters, pass the boards and be licensed - when it came to job hunting, especially in the future as DNPs are more common, wouldn't I be at a disadvantage having "only" a masters compared to other PhD prepared applicants? Just like many ADN nurses are not acceptable applicants in many areas for even case management jobs with a BSN, despite years of experience.
I am questioning if it would be wise to get a masters as an NP at all? I have no desire to go to school for a PhD with the relatively small pay increase from a bedside ICU RN to the being an NP. I am concerned about going THAT far in debt without a significant pay bump, no matter how much I think I would enjoy my work.
Anyone have any thoughts or input about this? Has there been other discussions about this?