I'm a psych CNS, not an NP, but I spend a lot of time in the large academic medical center in which I work on the psych C&L service reminding the people that I work with that I am
a nurse (I get mistaken for a physician a lot, which I really don't like).
My grad program was at a school that also had a direct-entry (non-nurses) MSN program, and we were in classes with the DE students once they had completed their initial year of basic nursing eucation -- I noticed that most of them were v
. uncomfortable with the idea of being nurses (their preferred term was "clinician"), and would go through all kinds of verbal gymnastics to avoid even using the term. They had no intention of ever working as a generalist RN (thank goodness, haha), and were strictly there to become advanced practice nurses. (I was a traditional, experience-RN student.)