I'm currently finishing my prerequisites to apply to accelerated programs, hopefully for summer/fall 2005 if everything goes well. I know I want to get my MSN, and I want to be a NNP.
My question is this: as an NNP or a neonatal unit nurse, is it better to go for a Master's Entry Program or get a BSN and some work experience first in a neonatal unit? I know the latter option certainly doesn't hurt, experience-wise, but I wonder if I'll have the opportunities I have now (i.e. no husband, kids, or major obligations) to go full-steam ahead and do it all in 3 years.
In fact, a lot of Master's Entry programs I've seen have excluded the option of NNP from their curriculum unless you've had at least a year of neonatal unit experience - I only have a BA, not a BSN or ADN. Is it because it's a more difficult field academically or stress-wise (or both)?
I'd love to hear your opinions, especially if you are or were in a situation like mine...
Feb 28, '05
Quote from elizabells
do you suppose it matters which "end" of the training you get this experience on? i'm really asking, by the way, not challenging!!! i'm about to enroll in a direct entry nnp and have every intention of working as a staff nurse for as long as it takes me to feel like i'm ready to take on the more advanced role (if ever!) i'm curious, though, as to whether y'all think it makes a substantive difference whether you get the rn, work for a while, then get the nnp, or whether my plan sounds as "good". because if i have the option to, i might take a couple years out of my program between the two phases, if you get what i mean.
let me start by saying i have absloutely no neonatal experience, nor am i an np. but i believe that doesn't make a difference in what i'm about to say (or maybe it does). i've seen more people taking the route you are considering, and i'm not sure what the answer is. imho, if i were an employer, looking to hire an np (regardless of the specialty), i think i would prefer the 'traditional' route. i'm not sure how much the np training builds on the rn role, as the reverse does. the people i know that have done this (or are planning to do it) admit theat they do not have enough nursing experience to become an np yet, and just wanted to get school over with. i can appreciate that i guess. but i know, for me, doing the adn-bsn-msn route was not bad (long, but not bad). i was always able to relate my theory to practice, and always worked while in school. but that's just me. i'll be done w/the msn 12 yrs after i got the adn.
Last edit by ProfRN4 on Feb 28, '05