hi traveler- i think my comment may be the one you are referring to. let me see if i can clarify.
first of all, i am an FNP who had 10+ years of ER nursing experience prior to starting grad school, and i don't regret one day of all that nursing experience. my background in ER nursing was absolutely INVALUABLE & i believe made my grad school experience easier than some of my peers who had less experience, or at least less broad medical exposure. additionally, ER nurses tend to be able to act with a lot of autonomy AND get very familiar working closely w/ docs as peers/partners- both of which were also valuable FNP preparation. so- i am not saying that less nursing experience can make it easier for you to become an NP in general.
the 'role transition' i was referring to has to do with changing from someone who receives orders (no matter how autonomous the RN, ultimately the RN is NOT the primary provider) to the primary provider. in other words, there really is a world of difference between the RN and NP role; NPs practice medicine, imo. i would say NPs practice medicine from the framework of nursing though- which is a different animal than straight medicine. still---in my experience, i feel like i have more in common w/ the ER docs now (as far as my role) than i do the ER nurses- my peers for many years. diagnosing & treating medical conditions- giving 'orders' and Rxing- all from the medical realm.
somone who has been a bedside nurse for a long, long time MIGHT have more difficulty making this adjustment & shifting from the purely nursing mentality to the medical model (albeit a NURSING-shaped medical model)....i have seen that be an issue among some of my peers & it was a bit of an issue for me. conversely, some NPs i have known who had only 1-2 years of nsg experience fould it easier to jump into the new role- they weren't so strongly identified w/ the nurse role- in fact, some of them went to nsg school specifically to become NPs so they always had that focus- not true for lots of us who worked as bedside nurses for years before deciding to pursue the NP route.
it's kind of a trade-off, really. and i think it can work either way- but the role transition issues were worth it for me in exchange for all the wonderful experience i had. i hope that clarifies my comment. and if you are interested in more specifics about 'NP role change' issues, there is plenty of stuff in the nsg literature about it- just do a search.
good luck in your chosen path!