BSN-DNP, no experience - page 3

I am currently a BSN student, graduating in May. I want to be an ACNP, thus I applied to the University of Arizona's BSN-DNP ACNP Program. I just received notification that I was accepted. Since, I... Read More

  1. by   sweetdreameRN
    I think you seem very bright and will do well in your endeavors....

    HOWEVER, I do think it is a mistake to jump into a program with no experience. I think that it is a disservice to you and to the profession that this program admits new graduates. I strongly feel that there should be experience requirements for all advanced nursing specialties. Even the strongest GN with all the ancillary care experience is green and has a lot to learn. I have spoken with physicians who strongly feel that NPs who start out with little bedside nursing experience are significantly weaker than their more seasoned counterparts. I have worked with a nurse in the ICU who was in a similar program. She took the little knowledge she had from the program and saw zebras everywhere (its an old analogy about looking for zebras when you hear hoof beats). She was severely humbled because her book knowledge could not save her from the experiences that all new grads have (ALL of us) that teach and mold us through making us feel really stupid...

    I don't say any of this to discourage you, but to encourage you to be very careful. I don't think anything we say here is really going to change your course. You sound a lot like me when I was a new grad, I'm not sure I would have listened either. The bottom line is, if you actually do care what people think on this forum, my advice is to wait at least a year and reapply. Good luck with your decision, and your practice. I'm sure you will be a great asset to the profession!
  2. by   sweetdreameRN
    In response to DVAL1423

    No offense, but you have no idea the vast amount of knowledge you don't know. Your experience as a CNA is not invaluable, but is really worthless compared to what you will learn in your first three months as a new grad. The statement that this experience "would be enough" is nave at best.... Sorry...

    Good luck, and I wish you well. But don't discount good nursing experience, and don't listen to our counterparts in academia who haven't participated in bedside care since who knows when. It is easy to get back into school mode when you want it... trust me.
  3. by   Simplyroses
    I believe that the RN experience should compliment the field you plan to work as an advanced practice nurse. If you wish to be a Psych NP, work psych for a few years. If you wish to be an ACNP, try working in acute care/ER/urgent care. If you wish to be a midwife, work in Maternal/Child, L&D, Lactation, and NICU. The broad experience you gain will serve you well and you might find you gain MORE from the graduate experience with clinical experience behind you.

    Advanced Practice Nursing is a different field/focus than being and RN, but the RN experience compliments the advanced practice.