Hello everyone, I am just so excited and happy today that I got my first (hopefully not only) acceptance
:hatparty: I was accepted into an accelerated NP program where you sit for the NCLEX after the RN portion but do not get a BSN, you graduate with a Master's. The school has a highly respected Nursing dept. and the program is extremely competitive (takes 20 people a year) and does not require previous paid healthcare experience.
Please please please do not turn this thread into one about the merits of these programs - I am still waiting for responses from other programs (ADN, BSN) and would be thrilled to get into a BSN program!
My questions is this - I realize that just because a program is "very competitive" to get into does not
mean its graduates would automatically have an easy time getting a job! How difficult is it for an NP to work as a RN/staff nurse, if they have a MSN but not a BSN? I realize the realities of the NP job market. Would you or your organization hire a new NP grad willing to work as a staff nurse to gain experience? Why or why not?
For some background which might help you write your responses: I went to local schools looking to get into BSN programs. However as some BSN programs in my area legally discriminate against post-baccalaureate applicants, I was steered by them to the Masters entry programs as a way to gain licensure and get "into" nursing. After extensive conversations with both RN and NP(who were RNs for 10+ years) I decided the roles are different but each has its own appeal. I like the hospital environment and would love to follow the career path of those RN-turned-NP: that would be my ideal. However if this is the only acceptance I get, I need to get your sage advice on the job prospects Master's entry program graduates. Thanks!