I did a direct entry CNL program, but I am working as a new grad RN, just like any other RN without experience. I, personally, didn't have a hard time finding a job, but I don't know if having the MSN made more of a difference or if it was more my previous work experience. I will say that my school has a good reputation in the area the school is in, and the majority of students found a job without too much problem, in an extremely difficult market (all working as new grad RNs, not as CNLs). I moved right after graduation and was worried that it might actually be a hinderance due to being in an area that isn't as familiar with the role/ direct entry MSN, but it turned out fine for me. I have not taken the CNL certification exam but am thinking about doing it in the next 6-12 months.