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Soo I guess it is now safe to say that I will be starting the RN-BSN program June 1st. I'm so excited to get started and already can't wait for it to be over :) Any advice or suggestions from former... Read More

  1. by   MinnesotaGirlRN
    Quote from MJB2010
    So is Mac an issue? Everything I own is Apple...
    I talked to a guy in the IT department last night and he said he has never heard of anyone having any issues. I'm keeping my fingers crossed because I sure am not gonna go out and buy a brand new computer!

    On a side note, I have to rave about their IT dept. I've had to call them twice and they are always very helpful. Don't hesitate to call them if you run into tech issues!
  2. by   MinnesotaGirlRN
    Quote from drgnflydggr
    I've been emailing with my mentor, and my understanding is that we're not able to be registered for classes until after the 1st. Your mentor should set up an appointment shortly thereafter to go over your course plan.
    Good to know. The term "start date" makes me feel like I should be STARTING a class on Monday! I'm just a little anxious I guess.
  3. by   drgnflydggr
    Quote from MJB2010
    So is Mac an issue? Everything I own is Apple...
    I'm using an iMac and a MacBook, and the only issue I've had was trying to go through the orientation course using Safari. It was incredibly slow, so the Help Desk (I agree with the other poster - service was fantastic!) suggested that I try Firefox instead. That fixed my issue.

    If you're asking about installing the free copy of Microsoft Office, that's also not a problem on Mac. I'm running it on both of my machines.
  4. by   AtHomeNurse
    Quote from MinnesotaGirlRN
    Good to know. The term "start date" makes me feel like I should be STARTING a class on Monday! I'm just a little anxious I guess.
    i have already started 2 of my classes with my plan being to complete the exams for both in the first 1-2 weeks of June. You can not technically enroll until June 1, but you have access to all your programs, course of study, textbooks ect under your my degree tab. My mentor said you don't get access to taskstream until after the first week, and cameras (for exams) don't come for 1-2 weeks into the term. I chose the 2 pre reqs with the Biggest emphasis on reading and started last week. I'm hoping to knock out my 4 pre req classes in the first month, it's a lofty goal but I'm a third of the way there already!
  5. by   MinnesotaGirlRN
    Quote from AtHomeNurse
    i have already started 2 of my classes with my plan being to complete the exams for both in the first 1-2 weeks of June. You can not technically enroll until June 1, but you have access to all your programs, course of study, textbooks ect under your my degree tab. My mentor said you don't get access to taskstream until after the first week, and cameras (for exams) don't come for 1-2 weeks into the term. I chose the 2 pre reqs with the Biggest emphasis on reading and started last week. I'm hoping to knock out my 4 pre req classes in the first month, it's a lofty goal but I'm a third of the way there already!
    When you say you've "started" them, what have you done so far? Started reading through the textbook/modules? I've heard some people say skip the reading and go straight for the assessments/tasks. I'm just sort of overwhelmed at where to begin. I also want to get done at a very quick pace! What's your strategy so far, if I may ask?
  6. by   AtHomeNurse
    Quote from MinnesotaGirlRN
    When you say you've "started" them, what have you done so far? Started reading through the textbook/modules? I've heard some people say skip the reading and go straight for the assessments/tasks. I'm just sort of overwhelmed at where to begin. I also want to get done at a very quick pace! What's your strategy so far, if I may ask?
    For communications and government I am working through the course of study, reading and online modules.

    Initially my strategy was get done as fast as possible. Then I started doing the reading, figuring i would take the OA as soon as term opened, and be done. Then I realized how much I don't know, and decided if I'm going to be paying, I'm going to get as much knowledge as I can out of it. So, my plan now is to work through the course of study for every class, and get as much as I can out of this journey. I do plan on being done in a year. I imagine there will be classes, like care of the older adult, that I can get through quickly because that's what I do every day. I'm really looking forward to statistics and biochem since they will be so new to me. I think, for me, cruising through quickly would get me a degree, but I won't feel like I have earned it if I havnt gained new knowledge. So I'm choosing a moderate pace, and planning on truely learning.
  7. by   Glazdm
    drgnflydggr: Are you writing 2 papers for your humanities or are you doing power points? I am new to this, can I ask how you are formatting your papers? Thank you
  8. by   MinnesotaGirlRN
    So, I took the Pre-Assessment for my first class "Care of the Older Adult" and scored a 75% (pass cut-off is 66%). How much time should I spend reviewing the content that I need to review according to my coaching report for the pre-assessment? I'm tempted to just take the real assessment right away to try and get it done, but my mentor did not recommend doing that. Anyone in a similar situation? Hope the first week is going well for everyone!
  9. by   Sun0408
    Tag. Just adding my name to this. Starting myself aug 1st
  10. by   AtHomeNurse
    Quote from MinnesotaGirlRN
    So, I took the Pre-Assessment for my first class "Care of the Older Adult" and scored a 75% (pass cut-off is 66%). How much time should I spend reviewing the content that I need to review according to my coaching report for the pre-assessment? I'm tempted to just take the real assessment right away to try and get it done, but my mentor did not recommend doing that. Anyone in a similar situation? Hope the first week is going well for everyone!
    i think it depends on your comfort level with the material. I passed government pre assessment with a 67, which is the cut off. I have put in a couple solid days study and am ready to go. I need to wait for my camera, then I'm going to take the objective assessment.

    If you havnt already joined there is a facebook RN-BSN group that has a ton of useful info!
  11. by   MinnesotaGirlRN
    Oh! Can I get the info for the Facebook group?
  12. by   spearsfm
    wgu rn-BSN discussion group is the fb name. u will need to join and an admin will send you a pm requesting your email and start date and then send you a link to approve u for the group

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