I am thinking about whether I want to apply for a psych NP program that starts directly after my BSN program ends (I'm a traditional college age student), or working for a year before applying. I'm not asking about whether I would have the knowledge necessary to be an NP without first being an RN, but rather if it's possible for me to be mature enough. At jobs I've had before I always felt like I made a lot of mistakes starting out and don't want to feel that way as an NP. Then again, I've never had a job that required 500 hours of practice before starting. Any thoughts/experiences would be appreciated.