Quote from CRNP and CNS
After 30 years in practice, working and going to school full time, YOU would be surprised what you could accomplish. You remind me of one of my 2nd year BSN students who when observing registered nurses doing patient care said, "when we graduate we really won't have to do THAT, WILL WE?". I replied ( and this message is ever so appropo to you), "NO dear, all you have to do is pick out a cute pair of scrubs
and sit behind a desk all day." You remind me of students who had their parents call to complain that 7AM was too early to start clinical. Get off you rump and work, no one owes you anything. Go out and EARN IT.
I'm not sure who you addressing... the OP? myself?? I didn't see anywhere a suggestion that anyone was owed anything or that an implication that anyone was just sitting on their rump expecting to be handed a great job.
It originally sounded like you were criticizing the OP for inquiring how to go about getting a DNP for someone with a bachelor's in bio and a diploma in nursing. I agree that it's a good idea to get some experience as opposed to just rushing through school, earning one degree after another. And MANY people are wanting to go directly to being NPs... and nursing schools are catering to that, offering direct-entry master's programs and the like. I'm not sure how that will play out in the long run.
Since you have so many educational credentials yourself (more than most have in lifetime!:bowingpur), it's easy to suspect that you would have been one of those pre-nursing students who are planning to get through their basic nursing education quickly and move into advanced practice as soon as possible. But certainly that may not have been the case!
Anyway, when you mentioned all of your credentials, I was curious what your trajectory actually had been in the field. And I'm also always curious to hear from people for whom nursing was a second degree/career and how they felt about nursing education as compared to their previous experience. This interests me because compared to previous educational experiences, I was most frustrated and disappointed by nursing school. And from what I've heard from others, my school's approach was pretty standard... though I've heard of a few programs that seem to provide a more comprehensive education (as opposed to just shoving reams of materials at students - "educating" - and weeding them out with tricky exam questions - "testing ability to apply knowledge".)
So with a PhD in such a rigorous field, I'm curious what your impression of basic nursing education was. And with such a degree, I'd imagine that you're a very scientifically-minded person. And much of nursing education does NOT seem very scientifically oriented and many nursing roles are NOT scientifically oriented either. Of course, a basic understanding of science is needed as well as a basic understanding of human physiology. But being successful in nuring roles often seems to depend more upon learned experience than upon scientific knowledge or application of scientific principles (which I'm not criticizing, some roles DON'T require in depth knowledge but demand other important skills).