Importance of good grades!!! - page 2

I just want to let everyone know my experience. I recently just finished my EC LPN-RN program. It took me forever, just because of life and laziness. I am proud of my accomplishment but really... Read More

  1. by   NBanasz1
    So the days of "C's get degrees" or "C means continue" are over?
  2. by   mmc51264
    Not where I went to school!!! I was in an ADN program.We had a 6 point scale. I had a class average for one of my classes that was 86.4. That was a C. After a year of making nearly impossible to get a B, let alone and A, we explained that they could make it tough, but they were killing our chances of getting into a BSN or MSN program because of our GPAs. They did modify it for second year, but the damage was done. Fortunately, many schools are like that, so GPA in Nursing school did not hurt me when applying for a slot in the RN-BSN program. I have a 3.5 in my non-nursing undergrad degree and a 4.0 for my masters. Where I work now, they did not ask for GPAs. And it is a major, nationally ranked magnet teaching hospital.
  3. by   springsong
    In my facility we look at all the credentials when hiring fora nurse. We have a nursing practice board committee that involves the executive, nurse manager,and staff nurses that check the credentials of the applicants when they apply for a job. We are a federal facility, so we do extensive background check to every application. We do not only examine your credentials but also the evaluation of your supervisor from your previous employment. Advance degree carries a big weight on the applications salary. So advance degree is a bigdeal and schools have certain policies to maintain that GPA.
  4. by   mmutk
    I don't think jobs care what grades you rec'd, I think this article just represents futhering your education.
  5. by   ThePrincessBride
    I'm going to have to politely disagree with the OP. Unless you are planning on going to grad school, your work experience is going to be far more important than your grades. I believe my work experience as a sitter, PCA/SNA at two hospitals and volunteer and internships are going to be worth FAR more than my grades (and this is coming from someone with over a 3.7).

    HOWEVER, I DO think that people should strive for at least a B. I study with a girl who has literally squeaked by with C's (one class she got a 72.5 which was rounded to a 73...the bare minimum one needs to pass) and will go weeks at a time without going to class. I told her that she will NOT survive the program if she doesn't get it together. She tells me that next year, I need to text her everyday and make her go to class, and I reminded that her that she is an adult and SHE needs to take responsibility for herself. She says she wants to be a midwife, but in order to get into our school's midwife program, you have to have a VERY high GPA (it is very competitive).

    Squeaking by will shoot her in the foot eventually.
  6. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Remember the OP is referring to the LPN to ASN/RN program at Excelsior. This is a challenge exam program, not classroom based, so you have one challenge exam and that is your grade for the course. This is not referring to a traditional college where you have several tests, quizzes, assignments that your grade is based upon. The point is to take your preparation for each of the Excelsior College Exams seriously so that you can score as well as you potentially can. One low exam grade = low grade for course = lower GPA overall which can make a difference when applying to further your education.
  7. by   multi10
    I used to pull "all-nighters" before exams and always got A.
  8. by   Patti_RN
    What's worse? Striving for an A and getting a C? or, striving for a B and getting a D?
  9. by   BarbaraNM
    Quote from Patti_RN
    What's worse? Striving for an A and getting a C? or, striving for a B and getting a D?
    No question... getting a D is much worse. That would necessitate retaking the exam!
  10. by   amygarside
    Grades are really important.
  11. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from ThePrincessBride
    I'm going to have to politely disagree with the OP. Unless you are planning on going to grad school, your work experience is going to be far more important than your grades.
    The OP is going to grad school ... that was part of her point. You were a good person to give your classmate some guidance -- I hope she heeds your advice!!!
  12. by   Geslina
    I was on the deans list all thru college before I decided on nursing. I was on the deans list for all my pre-requisite classes. But I could not, I COULD NOT, get a grade higher than a low B in nursing school. I barely got the low B, mostly I got C's. In my school, C's were the norm. Some students got B's, but A's were very rare. I only know of one student who got A's - and the funny thing is, she struggled desperately through clinical. Almost failed clinical - proving that the smartest nurses do not make the best nurses.

    I was able to study all the time, too, as I did not have to work. Our teachers personally made up the questions, and it seemed most of them were designed to trick us. It got to the point by the end of school that you could tell which teacher made up which question - and one of them, even if every student got her question wrong, would not back down. But I think one of the main issues at my school was the amount of tests we had, which was 2 and then a final - which means that there was an awful lot of material on each test. Not only was it a lot to remember....but I felt a little cheated, because the amount of info was so overwhelming that all you could do was just desperately try to cram it all in. Forget trying to actually LEARN any of it, or study it in a way that it would mean something to you. And the stress was unbelievable. If you did bad on one test, it meant you probably were not going to pass that semester. I forget the exact percentages, but the amount of students we started out with in the beginning of school had dropped down to about one fourth of that number by graduation. Nursing school is hard, as we all know. My school has a reputation for being the hardest in my area. A's. Ha. It wasn't happening.

    I haven't applied to any schools yet for my BSN. Just getting my associates was so traumatic, the last thing I want to do right now is go back to school. And I am not really worried about employers wanting to see GPA's. I don't want the jobs all the other nurses are competing for. Not saying it isn't important to have a good GPA, but in my case, it just was not possible, and I am not going to beat myself up over it. I'm a good nurse. I have what it takes to become an even better nurse. Experience is really what counts, being able to think critically, being perceptive, compassionate, and of course, being able to manage your time I did in school has very little to do with what I am doing now.
  13. by   mochasouter
    Well said Geslina!!!!! Great job!!!