This topic was brought up in another bb. I thought it would spur some interesting discusion here as an extension of the eduaction debate. Do advanced practice nurses need RN experience to be good at what they do? This is possible through programs for new graduate nurses to be NP's as well as programs that take you straight trough for your NP (they do get an RN along the way of course). Do you feel that these nurses need RN experience or is the role diffrent enough that they can do without?