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

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... Read More

  1. by   danceluver
    haha, its not BCgradnurse that has finished the program and been a successful direct entry grad, i think you're question is directed at her But i'm on my way to start next summer.
  2. by   t_heart
    Oops, I have no idea how I made that mix-up!
  3. by   mom2twinsplus1
    ademium, I cannot figure out how to PM you but I'd really appreciate your input...first off what MSN program did you attend? What are you doing now? I see in a lot of your threads you were conflicted about FNP, ANP, ACNP...I too am the same. However, I do not have my RN at this point am going for it now but considering just going for direct entry MSN with an accredited school since I also have a BA and have spent time in health care. I am wondering what you based your final decisions on? thanks so much
  4. by   Adenium
    I sent you a PM.
  5. by   angelalala
    I plan to apply to direct entry programs this year, and the biggest con (to me) is the cost.

    I plan to do psychiatric nursing and am already a Masters-level counselor, but I might have a different opinion if I, say, wanted to be an Acute Care NP. I don't really see the difference in prescribing abilities to PA programs, which are no longer than Grad Entry NP programs.
  6. by   Adenium
    For me, part of it was the ability to stop and work and earn money while gaining experience prior to going back for NP training. A PA program would have required more time not working. I agree, if you're looking at a full direct-entry program that has you getting a Master's without ever stopping to work as a nurse, then the parallel to a PA training is stronger. Then you have to look at their work opportunities and training differences and see what's the best fit for you.
  7. by   angelalala
    Yes, I agree. I'm mainly looking at UIC, and they encourage people to work as RNs during the NP portion of the program (the RN part is full time, but you can drop to part time during NP training). That's what I would prefer to do.

    I'm still considering getting my ADN then applying to an NP program later, though. It would be a LOT cheaper, and I already have one Masters to pay off.
  8. by   mvanz9999
    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....
  9. by   soulshine101
    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.
  10. by   myelin
    We get 1000 hours for the RN license in my direct entry program as well...
  11. by   soulshine101
    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?