Hi, I am new to the site and have been trolling around without making posts for some time now. I have a bachelor's in biology but want to go back to get my RN and have the dream of being a NP some day.
The AACN has mandated that in 2015, all NP's have to have a doctorate level education. (first question--is this true?)
There are some great masters degree programs out there that I have been looking at, but in light of this mandate, I worry that getting a masters degree will make me, in the long run, not as competitive and not as desired as a NP. I want to go into the field of migraine headache management, and so a 2-year master's degree sounds like it would be ideal, as I would probably want to take additional pain-management fellowships.
Does anyone else worry about this? I have seen other nurses on other threads take it lightly "oh I'll worry about it when it becomes 2015", but I don't want to waste my money and time on a master's degree when I could have just gotten a DnP in the first place.
That said, I would rather get a master's than a DnP.