Cons of master's entry NP programs? - page 3

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Perhaps this has been posted before, but I am curious to know if I got accepted in a master's entry nurse practitioner program what my chances of finding a job after graduation would be having little experience in nursing. I... Read More


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    I haven't quite finished my MS, but I went to UIC's GEP program (graduate in May). I can't speak about hiring problems because I know pretty much ANY NP has a difficult time finding work (average from license to job in Illinois is about 1 year). I went part time and I'm now working in the CCU at Loyola. I cannot imagine even passing clinicals without having bedside experience. Simply being in the environment and getting used to reading notes and lab reports will help you astronomically. If you choose to go the NP route without having minimum experience as an RN, you are going to cheat yourself out of learning in those very, very, very expensive clinicals. I certainly wouldn't want to care for patients without having a nursing background to build on.

    I don't know about other people's circumstances, but I personally need things like....a paycheck and health insurance. It takes roughly 3 months just to become licensed after graduating along with another 9-12 months to find a job.....I certainly wouldn't want the weight of health insurance, a mortgage, and school loans to weigh on me with everything else....
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    Quote from Jules A
    The cons I can offer as someone who has worked with several new graduate CNLs as floor nurses is they are really behind the curve with regard to clinical skills and staff aren't too pleased that the new person with so much training in delegation hasn't ever given an injection. Personally I just can't imagine being ready to prescribe medications without at least a few years working in the field but I know these programs are cranking out degrees to anyone who pays the tuition. Hopefully some people who have been through it will write and share their experiences but my take is I argue that getting some nursing experience prior to going for NP is preferrable.
    This surprises me considering UVA offers 1000 clinical hours for the CNL direct entry program which is a lot more then most schools.
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    We get 1000 hours for the RN license in my direct entry program as well...
    soulshine101 likes this.
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    Quote from myelin
    We get 1000 hours for the RN license in my direct entry program as well...
    Oh wow, what program are you in?


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