Hi everyone - After ten years of non-nursing work in clinics and hospitals (as both a medical Spanish interpreter and a licensed clinical social worker) I've decided to return to school to become a nurse. I know that bedside nursing isn't for me in the long term, and my goal is to become an NP. Although I have a lot of psych experience as a social worker, I would like to be a primary care provider - likely FNP or maybe adult NP.
The question is, what's the best way to get there? I have a BA and masters in social work. I know there are direct entry programs that allow you to go straight through to an MSN/NP, and since I'm 40 years old I'm anxious to get going. However, I would be very worried about taking on that level of responsibility without some prior real-life patient experience.
I've considered doing an accelerated BSN program and then working for at least a couple years before an MSN, but the prereqs for accelerated BSN's here in Texas are ridiculous (I would have to take 12 credits of history/government, among other things). Doesn't seem worth it, and I don't want to move to another state just to get a bachelor's.
So I'm considering the MN (not MSN) program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where I did my social work masters. They have a 15-month direct entry program, ending with an RN license and no advanced practice, but with a little head start on core classes for further graduate study. My idea would be to work for a couple years and then apply to DNP programs (or maybe MSN) to finally become an NP.
My main questions are: 1) M.N. degrees seem to be dying out - do you think this will hurt my prospects? 2) Has anyone completed the Minnesota program - any feedback? 3) Other school suggestions, or ideas to help me get where I'm going?
I'm working on prereqs now and planning to apply next year. I lived in Minneapolis for a long time, in Austin TX now, unsure where I want to live long-term. I could move for school. Thanks for any advice y'all