Maybe I am just missing it on their websites, but I can't find VCU's direct entry program anymore... I've noticed that some schools are paring things down for these programs (ie not offering as many specialties) or not 'renewing' them at all. Either that or I am really failing on my internet research...
Quote from marycarney
I assumed this was a direct entry to practice- in other words a pre-licensure program. NOT an NP program. I assume the entrant has another BS in another, non-nursing discipline. Which they are not going to be 'using' as a career path, if I may phrase it that way.
I agree that NPs are in demand - I just don't think this is that type of program.
?? Direct entry programs are
NP programs. There is a pre-licensure portion, but then once the student is a licensed RN they continue (often seamlessly) on to the NP portion and are licensed NPs upon completion.
Maybe you're thinking of a generic masters or CNL program? Those programs offer RN licensure w/a masters degree. I don't think those programs are useless, though, I've seen new grads from these programs get hired preferentially and placed in positions of clinical research and they seem to move up faster as well (likely due to the masters). I mean it makes sense to want to hire nurses who are skilled in policy and research, since attempts to improve outcomes and change policy abound in floor nursing. Maybe it's just the west coast?
Last edit by myelin on May 3, '13