So I am applying to NP programs after managing home and family for 4 years. Prior to having my first baby I worked critical care for 3 years. The last year I worked in critical care float pool which included med/Surg ICU, CTICU, Cardiac ICU, and all levels of PACU. Are there any programs that will accept me even though I'm not currently working? I'm confident I have the chops.
Other question-Should I be surprised my last manager won't write me a recommendation because she hasn't worked with me in 4 years? My BSN professors have no problem writing me one, but I was hoping my previous manager would.
Last question-If I can't get into NP school I'm considering an MSN in education. After getting that, could I apply to fnp certificate programs? Naturally I would have some current clinical experience.
Thanks for the insight!
Most of the programs that I have seen do not specify that you are currently working. Mine told me not to work during the program. They usually ask for 1 year of nursing experience for FNP and 1 year of ICU in the past 5 years for acute care. But each program is different and you would have to research your prospective schools
. On the recommendation aspect, maybe you can ask the person tactfully but there are a myriad of reasons they may not want to write one. If you have kept close contact with this person and kept a collegial relationship I do not see why they would not write one but if you came out of the blue to ask for a recommendation maybe that is where their ambivalence originates. On your last question I believe there are some over lap on the classes so if I was you, I would try and get the 2 degrees you are seeking at the same school so that you could get credit for the classes that fulfill both degrees. Best of luck to you.
You earned a BSN, so you are eligible to apply to an MSN program. Make sure your RN license is active, as that is a requirement.
As for recommendations, is there anyone else you worked with that could write a recommendation? It doesn't have to be your boss.
I suggest you look at the admissions requirements for some NP schools
of interest. You should also call and speak to some admissions officers from different schools.