So recently I was looking through some pages for different schools and came across a program that allowed direct entry to a PhD program from a BSN program. It's a reputable school - not an online, for-profit school, but just a regular university. Still, I was shocked when I saw that program. I asked some family members about it who happen to be nurses and they spoke favorably about it, which surprised me. My main question concerned experience - I can see someone who has a chemistry degree going straight into grad school, but with nursing being a clinically oriented field, is it really a good idea to go straight into grad school with little or no nursing experience? I pointed this out to one relative and asked how that nurse could be qualified to teach Med-Surg I and she said if she was the dean, she would likely get someone else to do it but that she could teach other classes on theory. So that made me feel that I'd be short-changing myself before I even got there.
I can't help but wonder if an accelerated program is the way to go, get a few years of experience (at least) and then do a PhD? Many strong PhD programs don't require a MSN (although perhaps this is another question - should you need an MSN before getting a PhD?) and I could go into the PhD after a few years of experience.
Another thing I'd like to know is how the colleges view applicants of these programs. There's a lot of innovation in the nursing education field right now designed to pump out new grads, which anyone on here knows the pain that is causing. So from that perspective, I'm a little skeptical of a school setting up a program like this when I've seen what the track record is in other endeavors. I'd hate to get through this program, apply for a teaching position, and then be told, "sorry, you don't have the requisite experience."