Quote from CJRN02
I am truely shocked that there is even a program that will allow you to become a NP without nursing experience. Most require at least 2 years.
My other concern is the lack of respect you might receive from other nurses who have 5 or even 20 years of experience that you will be "over". They will know much more than you, but you will be expected to have authority over them. Seems a little backwards doesn't it?
Most, if not all of these programs require you to sit for the NCLEX before you begin the NP portion of the program, so by the time the students begin the NP poriton of their program,they are already licensed nurses. In addition, the pre-NCLEX portion of my program at UIC requires more than double
the amount of clinical time/experience that is required for BSN or ADN/diploma programs. Finally, a large portion of the students work as nurses while in the NP portion of their education to earn money and gain more experience.
The other thing is that most of my classmates already have master's degrees in such fields as sociology, public health and psychology and many of them are researchers working at reknown hospitals. If anything, you will be "shocked" by their sheer intelligence, level of competence and accomplishment in their non nursing fields. These students are not retail queens with degrees in basketweaving! Many have more healthcare experience than first year ADN students and already have a very clear idea of what they want to do with their advance practice nursing licenses.
As far as not getting respect from other nurses, most direct entry programs find that the majority of nurses either A. Don't really care about the student's educational path because they are too busy to engage in petty bitterness or B. Are intrigued and enjoy teaching the direct entry students.
Employers love the students because they come from well known and respected nursing schools with a reputation of training excellent nurses. Direct entry students usually have no problem getting hospital employers to pay for their NP portion of their education.