Hi everyone. I've recently found this board, and have really benefitted from reading some of your posts. I wonder if any of you can give me some advice.
I am an ADN student, and will graduate in June ranked #2 or #3 in my class. However, my GPA is not very good at all. I have all B's in nursing classes except for 1 A and 1 C! :imbar Yuck! And that's better than just about everyone else - there just aren't many A's. I do have all A's in non-nursing classes like A&P, microbiology, statistics, chemistry (I took extra classes to get a jump on my BSN). My overall GPA right now is a 3.45, but that also includes classes like psychology, sociology, etc. I'm pretty sure that I can get all A's in the BSN program I'm going into in the fall, because when talking with students and faculty at that program, they said I should have no trouble at all if I could do as well as I have in the ADN program I'm in. My CC's ADN program just has a reputation for being ridiculously difficult (yeah, try explaining that to the CRNA admissions committee!). Anyway, this past summer I did an externship in the MICU at a local hospital (18 beds between MICU, SICU & neuro ICU, and another 6 in CVICU). I currently work in the ED. In 2 weeks I start an ACLS class, and hope to take PALS soon too. Upon graduation, I plan to start working in one of the ICU's at the local hospital, but will be moving in the fall, so I'm gearing my housing search to hopefully be close to a large hospital, so I can get some really good ICU experience. What else can I do to offset my crappy ADN grades?