If nothing else, the NP program is worth doing assuming the cost isn't too great. I've learned more in the NP program than I ever did in the combined RN/BSN program or working as a RN. I recall making a 99.6% in pathophysiology in undergrad BSN (2nd degree), as I love bio-oriented knowledge (my 1st degree was bio and psych), but I still didn't really learn to recognize pathophysiology if you will. The NP program has given me that. As another example, when I graduated from the BSN program I knew what metformin was, as an example, and when to give it, but I didn't understand why that was used and where in the decision making process metformin arrived until the NP program. Add in a broader knowledge of whatever focus you want to choose as a NP, and the rewards are greater.
I'm not working as a NP yet, hence the name, but honestly I've never really liked working as a RN. Ok, everybody start hollering. It wasn't what I thought it'd be from the outside looking in, and NP school and the NP profession is more about understanding (which I want) than task accomplishment. There hasn't been, in my jobs, a lot of thought behind nursing as it, unfortunately, seems more focused on pushing a laundry list of tasks through a small funnel, making it fit, and getting done by shift change since we have to be clocked out and out of the building within 23 mintues of shift change. Although I've never been accosted, as a lot of coworker female RNs say they have been by docs and other staff, but I see almost no autonomy in my current work. That's hard because my first career was almost entirely autonomous. I'm ok with collaboration and am not seeking an autonomous practice, lol. I'm just saying I want to be somewhat self-directed.