Boise State University RN-BSN

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by Tinanursing1 Tinanursing1 (New) New

Hello,

I am about to start my first semster RN-BSN online at BSU in this Fall 19.

I would like to hear about some experiences with this program and their courses.

Thank you ?

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Amber022

Amber022

1 Post

Hi! I don’t have any tips for you unfortunately but I will be starting the program this fall as well! What classes will you be taking?

Tinanursing1

Tinanursing1

4 Posts

2 hours ago, Amber022 said:

Hi! I don’t have any tips for you unfortunately but I will be starting the program this fall as well! What classes will you be taking?

Hi Amber022,

I will be only taking NURS-RN 350 since I am in my last semester of ADN. I don't want to overwhelm myself since it is the first concurrent dual enrollment.

Are you concurrent dual enrollment as well?

jbahrke

jbahrke, ADN, RN

Specializes in RNC OB. Has 20 years experience. 3 Posts

Hello all I’m starting at Boise State University in Nurse 350 / 420 Research Nurse of fall 2019. I have been out of school for 17 years and am nervous, but excited to gain my BSN! I am an experienced nurse, work as charge nurse for busy L&D unit, on night shift. I’m blessed to work three to four 12 hour shifts then have a couple days off, so I’m trying to plan all weeks around the nights I don’t work. Any advice or study sites others can pass on would be much appreciated! Here’s to all of us! ?

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jaimeza949

jaimeza949

9 Posts

Hello, I am RN-BSN dual enrolled student at Boise. I really like the structure of the program. I have taken 350, 422, 428 in the summer and right now I am enrolled in 392 and 430. Most classes require a discussion post due on Wednesdays with two peer responses to be completed on Sundays in APA format. There are occasional papers to be written. Most I have ever written is a three page paper and power point for another class. I really like the school so far and administration responds to emails quickly.

jbahrke

jbahrke, ADN, RN

Specializes in RNC OB. Has 20 years experience. 3 Posts

Hello Jaimeza949:

Thank you for responding! You sound busy! Dual enrollment? You are like super human! Go you!?

Now that the semester has begun and I’ve gotten aquatinted with black board, I can honestly say I’m doing ok?. I was so stressed out the first week because I have been out of collage for years. ??‍♀️

On line classes were just starting my last year at school. This is way better than sitting in traffic for two hours, then three hours of classes, only to drive another two hours home.

With that being said I would like to share what it has been like for me personally, my first week.

First there was the PERRLA/ Blackboard learning curve. When I was in nursing school we Spent hours at the library researching nursing journals.

Now there is software to turn to! Who would of known? The new APA software really saves time. There is OWL Perdue, PERRLA, and others, although , I think I prefer Eazypaper over the others. It does everything PERRLA does, but you can access libraries, Pubmed, pretty much anything from wizard research. It adds citations into your paper and a reference list at the end of your paper. It also has a plagiarism checker. Lots of bells and whistles.

Next, the teaching format you mentioned in your message, is exactly what we are doing. Every Wens-day there’s a post and by Sunday one has to respond to two other students post, in APA format, in no less than 250 words.

In addition, I have been spending about four hours a day doing some form of work, for six credits, so two classes. I have spent a lot of time with the 6 th edition of APA format book. I also looked at what the teachers posted on line. Just to get myself used to writing again and practicing with APA format.

Furthermore, I believe we also have a paper and a power point presentation due at the end. I think both of my classes actually have that, but either way totally doable.

I agree, that the University’s program is structured to meet the needs of the working nurse. In fact, the program so far has truly exceeded my expectations! They accepted all my past credits, even from years ago, and seem to have a good understanding of work/life/ school balance. It’s nice because the instructors post all the upcoming weeks work to be done, so one can try to get ahead, especially for someone like me, who works all her 12 hour shifts in a row. ?‍?

Last, Everyone, from the RN BSN counselors, to the instructors, have been supportive. I know Its only my first semester, but I’m actually loving it, and even thinking of pursuing my Masters!!

Thank you again for sharing your experience and I’ll be sure to post updates for others!

Guest1031017

Guest1031017

77 Posts

Hi guys! I am about to graduate from my ADN program in May and have applied to Boise State. They are still in the process of evaluating my transcripts. I love to hear that it is doable for the working nurse bc as soon as I graduate I would like to start working. What is your guys advice as to how many units I should take per semester? Thanks in advance!!