So, I'm just curious, I've seen conflicting views on the RN -> NP route or just straight direct entry MSN NP route.I already have a bachelor's degree and worked in healthcare for a few years (to get my patient contact hours and took pre-reqs for an MS in Physician Assistant program).However, life circumstances changed that route and I have been debating whether I should go for a direct entry MSN (NP) program instead. There are many factors weighing in that decision, but overall, nursing suits me more. Obviously, you get your BSN along the way when you enter these (direct entry MSN) programs, but you don't practice as a BSN, you just go straight through.One of the things I've read in other posts is the argument for becoming an RN / BSN first and practicing in that area before becoming an NP (or that it helps your chances for employment in an NP role).I'm not in the nursing world, so I guess I don't understand why the same concepts aren't applied as they are in a PA role.Most people who go to PA school have the patient contact hours in some form (PT, OT, EMT, Aides etc.), but they aren't judged by that when they graduate to perform their mid-level practice of medicine (because it's not the same role or the same scope). So, why do some nurses think you need to be an RN / BSN first in order to be a "good NP?" If you're a competent individual and fully immerse yourself in the world of NP, why do you need to be an RN / BSN first when it's not the same thing?I'm not so far left field that I don't understand how a role as RN / BSN could be helpful to draw from certain experiences or knowledge, but at the end of the day, they are two separate roles with two separate scopes, so why define someone's ability as an NP based on RN / BSN experiences / duties (or lack thereof)?And, is it really going to be hard to find a job after doing a Direct Entry MSN / NP program vs. becoming a BSN then going the NP route?Does this make sense? Or, am I just not understanding the dynamics of these roles?I'm asking this from a place of trying to understand, not controversy for the record.