I plan on applying to several MEPN programs in the coming year but I am a little nervous now after having been told that individuals who graduate from MEPN programs have a hard time finding work as an NP upon graduating. I was told that those who graduate from MEPN programs do not have lengthy nursing experience and, therefore, employers do not want to hire them. I would really appreciate someone's perspective on this topic who has either graduated from a MEPN program, is currently in an MEPN program or knows of someone who has graduated from a MEPN program.
Thank you very much.
Jan 15, '13
I've looked a lot into this because I applied to a lot of direct entry programs myself. If you're going into primary care like family nurse practitioner or pediatric NP then I have heard that being a nurse and being a primary care NP are pretty different and it doesn't really matter that much. If you want to do a speciality (like I want to do acute pediatrics) then it is good to have some nursing experience. Some programs like NNP actually require 2 years of nursing experience. A lot of the programs... Columbia, Northeastern, Penn, etc. allow you to do the master's portion part-time while you gain RN experience.
Jan 16, '13
Hi Healer's Art,
I am looking into going in the family nurse practitioner route. I had assumed that not coming from a nursing background wouldn't be a big deal but now I've heard otherwise which has definitely made me nervous since I just finished all my pre-reqs in order to apply. You had mentioned that you applied to many direct entry programs. Are you waiting to hear back from the schools
? Which schools are you looking into?