I'm graduating with my MSN in a few months and I've been thinking about getting a DNP basically since I started my masters program. Getting a DNP has always been a given in my mind, it's going to happen, it's just an issue of when I'm going to get it; whether I should wait a few years and work or go into program more or less directly from the MSN program. I've spoken with a few of my professors, one with a Ph.D, one in the process of getting her DNP, one with a DNP already and they've all given me conflicting answers! Some say they wish they had gone on and gotten the degree straight away when they were younger and had fewer outside issues going on and were in 'school mode' and some say they were happy they waited a bit because they found out where they really wanted to work, etc.
So is it ridiculous to even consider going straight on to a DNP program from my MSN? I don't have a ton of experience: I've only been working as an RN for about a year at this point, but I've been working in mental health since I was 18 (i'm now 26) and it's where I want to be, I know that. I also know I want to teach at some point (hence the need for a doctorate) but I'm just not sure how to go about getting all it done!
That being said, do any of you have any suggestions or advice for me? Anything you wish you wish you had known before you started a DNP? Anything you wish you could have changed? Anyone in the same boat? I'm just looking for a dialogue here, I'm interested in seeing what everyone thinks and hopefully it'll help me too! Thanks!