Question for CRNA's and SRNA's

  1. Hello,
    This post is out of concern because I've been reading other posts from current nursing students and alot of it is about how hard nursing school is and how their grateful for C's on tests and so on. My question for you all (yall if from TX)is did you have problems keeping good grades while in nursing School? I start in Aug.(BSN) and know it will be a challenge but to think I'll be happy with C's is ridiculous.
    No disrespect, but it's obvious that to be a CRNA you have to do well in school so are these students just "those kinds of students"that barely get by in the first place? Once again, no disrespect to anyone but lets face it there are A and B students and then there are those who are happy with just getting by.
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  3. by   purplemania
    When I got my ADN and BSN a "C" was enough to pass. In graduate school a "C" was failing. Remember, nursing school does not make you a nurse. You still have to pass Boards and practice safely. You can do both better if you know more. Most nurses want to succeed so will give nursing school their best effort.
  4. by   New CCU RN
    I am not a SRNA yet, however, I am a little insulted by your post. I am one of those people who happens to be human and get a C however overall was an excellent student. My freshman year of college when I was a mere 18 years old and still didnt really know what I wanted to do, I just happened to gasp get a C..... this wasn't because I was "happy with just getting by". Nor was I ever happy to just get by. I think that the majority of the people posting on there were far from happy for getting a C... that is why they are trying to make up for it. It is quite obvious that you misunderstood the posting and what people were asking... no one thinks they can get into CRNA school with a C average.... DUHHHH That is a NO BRAINER.....

    Since you have classified me as someone that just was happy to get by, for the record I have a competitive GPA (A minus range), am in STTI (a nursing honor society), and was 3rd in my nursing class.
    Last edit by New CCU RN on Jul 22, '03
  5. by   shirleyTX
    To ccu rn,
    well if you are offended so be it. I don't think you understand the quote or question. It was only addressing NURSING COURSES.. Not your first year in college. I didn't mean if you makle a C you are happywith it, but the posts I have read on OTHER sites concerning nursing students THEY are happy getting C's because other NURSING students concurred with her. So you really shouldn't be offended because I feel you misinterpreted the question. HEck I"ve made a C too ya know, but I was wanting to know about nursing courses, because the question was about finding out if CRNA OR SRNA or any one going in that path had a problem with nusing school not their first year in college!!!!
  6. by   shirleyTX
    If you would like to know why I asked the question - go to the student nurse forum titled "they really don't understand" and you can see for yourself why I would ask just how hard nursing school is because by their experience, it seems extremely difficult
  7. by   WntrMute2
    IMHO academically, nursing school was a stroll thru the park. No challenges except for being in the right place at the right time and stuff like that. But really, didactics were a piece of cake, actually, most of undergrad work was. Now Grad school.......
  8. by   gotosleep
    Originally posted by WntrMute2
    IMHO academically, nursing school was a stroll thru the park. No challenges except for being in the right place at the right time and stuff like that. But really, didactics were a piece of cake, actually, most of undergrad work was. Now Grad school.......
    i agree 100% with this statement. People tend to exaggerate how diffucult their educational experiences are/were. Nursing school was quite simple. Anesthesia school, however, is a totally different story.

    good luck
  9. by   bigwavedave
    in my opinion, nursing school is tougher than the pre-req's were, but it is not impossible to get an a in actual nursing school course work. there are a lot of different factors to consider- factors that are not necessarilly within one's control. homelife, family status, job status, etc- those are all things to take into consideration. but then there are those who can rise above any and all of these and still fly through nursing school. me personally? my wife went through an adn program and got by with b's and c's with the occassional a. does that mean she did not care? no. she will admit she has no desire to go back to get her bsn at this time, and definitely no plans to go onto a graduate program. me on the other hand, i have a desire to go further (weighing options i.e. crna or np). but after 1 year down and 1 to go i know that this last year i need to get my rear in gear and start producing those a's to make myself look better. does this make sense? i guess my point is, there are some who are happy to get a c (c=rn right?) and then there are those who get pretty hacked when they get a b- that's just my observation.
  10. by   shirleyTX
    THANK YOU soooo much for ANSWERINg the question. I asked the CRNA forum because I admire those who are in or wanting to be in the profession and KNOW the mindframe their in. I just wanted to get THEIR opinion on their basic nursing experience and for the last two posts thank you very much. BElieve me I completely understand CRNA school is another world..
    thanx for those NOT offended
  11. by   shirleyTX
    bigwavedave, I do understand what your saying. One day, like yourself I would like to become a CRNA, and because of this reason I asked how hard nursing school was, just to kinda help prepare myself for the future. Like you stated, some poeple don't want to go back to school and graduating is their final round with school, on the other hand people that are wanting to go all the way have to be concerned with grades throughout the whole process. Anyways, I guess I just wanted to hear someone say it wasn't that bad.
  12. by   WntrMute2
    BTW, in my nursing school (as well as grad school) Cs ment failure. IOW, no C in any nursing or anesthesia class!
  13. by   shirleyTX
    Gotcha!!
  14. by   New CCU RN
    Originally posted by shirleyTX
    To ccu rn,
    well if you are offended so be it. I don't think you understand the quote or question. It was only addressing NURSING COURSES.. Not your first year in college. I didn't mean if you makle a C you are happywith it, but the posts I have read on OTHER sites concerning nursing students THEY are happy getting C's because other NURSING students concurred with her. So you really shouldn't be offended because I feel you misinterpreted the question. HEck I"ve made a C too ya know, but I was wanting to know about nursing courses, because the question was about finding out if CRNA OR SRNA or any one going in that path had a problem with nusing school not their first year in college!!!!

    If someone had a C average and barely made it through nursing school, they aren't going to be accepted to a CRNA program. I'd bet just about anything on that. I am sure there is probably an exception or two out there because nothing in life is ever clear cut. Or maybe there could be some major extenuating circumstances leading to the student's mediocore performance which they later corrected. Meaning the applicant made up for their barely passing grades somehow. However, as a general rule and as the minimal requirements for the majority of CRNA schools the minimum undergraduate GPA that they want is a 3.0.

    In my opinion, nursing school was not all that hard. It was time consuming because there was clinicals and classes and I was also running division one xc and track at the time. However, it was not THAT hard.

    Do keep in mind as well that often the grading scale is different in nursing school. A person who got a C ....well their average may have actually been a 84 or 85. The scale is not the typical anything above a 90 is an A/A-. Just keep that into consideration when looking at grades.

    Also, not everyone wants to go onto advanced practice. Some just want that RN. That is perfectly fine, no reason to judge them.... they probably will make wonderful nurses one day.

    Lastly, I'd just like to say that one's school performance does not predict their job performance or knowledge level. I went to school with some gals who studied their behinds off, knew their stuff, make great nurses now but got test anxiety.... I also went to school with a girl who got straight A's... she stunk in clinical, had awful bedside manner, and was just a good test taker. She already is onto getting her masters in administration because she couldn't hack being a bedside nurse..........

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