Questions: In your opinion, is it an easier transition to go from a generalist entry masters degree to a DNP degree or a masters entry NP degree to a DNP degree? Which path would better prepare me to be a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner? Which path will make it easier to get my first nursing job?
I really like the multiple options people with non nursing bachelors have to become a NP, but I am really confused which track is best for me. I have bachelors of arts in psychology and a bachelors of business administration. I know I want to be a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I have volunteered in an outpatient psychiatric unit and am currently a behavioral health technician. I love working patients with behavioral health issues.
I applied to several masters entry programs, some CNL generalist programs and some programs with PMHNP nurse practitioner specialty, not knowing which is the best option for me. I thought I'd apply and see wherever I get in will be the place I am meant to go. Good news is I have been accepted by both types of programs.
But now I have to choose which type of program is right for me. I noticed some schools, such as UIC, are switching their masters entry NP specialty programs to advance generalist degrees. I am afraid getting a masters entry NP degree will make it hard for me to get my first nursing job. Also, I heard nurse practitioners who got a generalist masters degree first and worked as a nurse a couple of years were happy because their experience as a nurse has been so helpful as a NP. However, getting the masters entry NP degree means I'll be able to study what I'm really interested in sooner and I know many students work as a RN while they are taking their specialty classes.
I really appreciate any advice!