BSN to NP: to wait or not wait

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    I'm working on finishing my BSN with hopes of beginning the Nurse Practitioner program within a year of graduating. My question is for current practicing NPs: do you think there should be a minimum of years worked as an RN before being allowed to begin an NP program, why or why not? Thanks so much for your input!

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    AC and NNP programs do require a certain number of years of RN experience. Are you asking if that requirement should be added to other specialities?
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    Vanderbilt offers a DE option so you would not need to wait. However, my personal thought is that one should work at least one year before embarking on np school. I believe this because the first year is a very difficult transition period. It would have been too stressful for me and I would not have learned as much in that environment.
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    Even though some programs may not require you to work one yr, I would strongly suggest getting a yr of RN acute experience like med/surg, tele, ER etc. You learn to organize, prioritize urgent care, and above all you develop critical thinking process through work experience which will be invaluable for you as a future NP. If you want to work as an inpatient hospital team (hospitalist) must have some experience as RN. Even in outpatient setting, nurses with experience are hired faster than inexperienced ones. It also depends geographically by region. Some other region may not be as selective and competitive as west.
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    I personally think a person should complete 1 year of nursing before NP school
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    I agree with most everyone here. While it's not required, a little experience never hurt anyone and can only help you. You may not see bedside nursing as your long term career, but you can get a lot out of it. You learn how to talk to people, how to interact with patients/families/physicians/other members of a team, you learn what happens when you give this med or that intervention, what a disease process actually looks like, you learn how to prioritize and manage your time appropriately. And you get to meet people and network. And that is just to start!
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    Thanks everybody for your valuable input. I really appreciated all the first-hand experience you each shared with me.
    Thanks again for the conversation!!
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    I started clinicals this week with a MD preceptor. Thank God I put in 2 years on a med surg floor. I would have felt like an idiot otherwise. I still have much to learn but he really asked me a ton of questions. I had to at least have some grasp of the disease concept. I have floor nursing (because of administration) but it is going to be invaluable to me regarding clinicals.
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    The FNP program I am in required at least 2 years experience. Having just completed a semester in theory and public health and now working on health policy and advanced nursing research, I don't think it would be very wise to start a program without experience. These courses require students to have opinions on various nursing/healthcare issues and drawn on experiences in order to complete assignments and participate on the discussion boards. In 2015, a DNP will be required for new FNP's to practice. There are BSN to DNP programs available now and I am sure that more will be available in the future.
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    I don't think you need to wait. I am preparing for my FNP certification exam right now and a lot of time I have to take out my notes from BSN for reference. Depends on what kind of NP you are interested in. If you want to do FNP, then I think you should just go ahead, because FNP is from a primary care perspective and most of RN jobs are too acute to relate to FNP.
    Good luck!!!

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