Quote from scwolf
Thanks for an interesting thread. I have just applied for the MEPN (entry-level Masters) at UCSF. I would love to be a NP. I know it's a longshot because the program is so competitive but I have my fingers (and toes) crossed. I will also be applying to BSN programs.
Does anyone have thoughts on the topic of the reputation of entry-level Masters nurses out there in the work world? I've heard some talk that it can be an issue if you don't have a BSN (which some programs, like UCSF, skip).
MEPN has an excellent reputation for producing quality NPs. I run into loads of MEPN grads working as NPs at all my clinical sites. You will not run into issues being hired as a NP without the BSN, as long as you have a MSN. However, if you're looking to work as a RN, I'd suggest another program
for two reasons. One, we don't get the BSN, so that can hurt your chances at finding a RN position. Secondly, the market here (bay area) is a nightmare for new grad RNs and getting hired is extremely difficult, especially if you are starting advanced practice coursework and don't have time for a new grad residency.
However, once you're a NP, I have seen few problems getting hired, especially in primary care or outpatient, especially if you're able to relocate. The market just sucks in the bay area, period. In-patient can be harder without RN experience, however, the MEPN program requires students who are likely going to work inpatient as NPs (like ACNPs) to work as RNs before completing the MSN. The people who have a hard time getting hired around here are those who come from professional programs (Kaplan, Phoneix, etc.)