"The practicum is the worst part of the entire program, it's 2 courses and they'll be towards the end of the program. There's a facebook group for the people enrolled in the Tempo RN-BSN program, I highly suggest you look into this practicum before enrolling into the school. Even with COVID they do not allow you to meet with your practicum mentor online (through ZOOM or TEAMS), which is difficult when you're a travel nurse. It's also very confusing because you don't actually go to the field to do the research, it takes at least 6 weeks to get your practicum application approved or denied. They offer no help in find a mentor for the practicum, this experience has stressed me out so much. I really wish I would have gotten my BSN elsewhere. I've copied and pasted the information my program advisor sent me: Thank you again. Regarding your future BSN Tempo Practicum Courses: 4210/4211 and 4220/4221. As we discussed, for NURS 4210/4211 and NURS 4220/4221, you will need to choose a mentor for your practicum project. Again, to clarify, these practicum courses do not involve direct patient care, but rather, are focused on 1) a population health project, and 2) a quality improvement project. Please review the information below, as well as the attachments above. Your mentor must meet the following criteria: Prior to approval, the mentor’s license and certification (if applicable) is verified and the Mentor Commitment Form is evaluated by the Office of Field Experience. Walden’s approval of the mentor candidate is based on several criteria. • The mentor must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in a field related to the role. • Specific mentor requirements by course are as follows: o NURS 4210/4211: It is preferred that the mentor be a nurse. If a nurse is not available, other qualified interdisciplinary professionals with a role in population health or public health would qualify. Examples of mentors could include public health nurses, infectious disease nurses/physicians, public safety personnel, public health staff, school nurses, nutritionists, health educators, or diabetes educators. o NURS 4220/4221: The mentor must be a nurse. Examples of mentors include chief nursing officer, directors, nurse managers, quality improvement nurses, Undergraduate Nursing Practicum Manual (June 2019) Page 13 nurse managers of a patient care unit, manager of quality improvement, nursing educators, infection control practitioners, or other qualified nursing leaders. • If the mentor is an RN, the mentor must be currently licensed with an unencumbered license to practice professional nursing in the state where the practice experience will occur. • The mentor must have a minimum of 1 year of experience and a current job role relevant to the project. Mentors in the state of Washington must have a minimum of 2 years of experience due to state board of nursing requirements. • The mentor must be able and willing to commit to the mentor role for the practice experience. • The mentor must be employed at the field site where the practice experience takes place. • The mentor must not be a student’s relative, any type of family member, personal friend, or significant other. • The mentor may be the student’s direct or immediate supervisor. For additional information, please see the Undergraduate Nursing Practicum Manual: https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/ld.php?content_id=45642029 ***As we discussed, you will need to complete an application approximately 6 weeks prior to each of these practicum courses which must be approved before you can proceed with 4210 and 4220. I have also attached the overview of the practicum courses and the competencies within these courses for your knowledge. I hope this information is helpful and I look forward to assisting you with this process."