Good grades = job?
- 0Aug 15, '11 by RemeranGraduated with an ADN and was top in my class. Was just wondering if grades in nursing school have anything do with getting a job. Do employers look at that kind of thing. If so does it count for very much? Also, what other things do they look for besides experience because I also volunteered at a hospital for 2 years. Not sure if that counts for anything. Thanks
- 0Aug 15, '11 by not.done.yet GuideGrades are considered a lot more now than they used to be and being a honor student can give you the nose up over another ADN non-honor student. But BSN still trumps honors ADN in nose-to-nose comparison for a lot of hospitals these days. I have applied at two places now that require submission of a transcript with application for Internships.
- 0Aug 15, '11 by ShantheRN, BSN, RNI applied to every major hospital system in my metro area and not a single one required transcripts. They wanted a license number and experience, period. I was joking with a friend that most of the people that barely graduated were the first ones to get jobs. I'm not even exaggerating. I graduated top of my ADN class as well.
The volunteer work *might* lead to something if you networked your butt off while doing it. It doesn't count as experience though. Use your contacts and sell yourself! I was picked over BSNs and ADNs alike because management liked my personality and work ethic. Treat every random conversation like it's an interview. You never know what may come of it.
- 2Aug 15, '11 by ♪♫ in my ♥Grades matter but mostly on the negative side (that is, lousy grades impede the job hunt but good grades don't by any means ensure a job).
Volunteer experience can be an asset but actual work experience in a job which entails significant responsibility and flexibility may be more significant.
More important than anything, though, is your personal network... that is, knowing people who work in hospitals/units where you want to work... unfortunate but true.
- 0Aug 15, '11 by not.done.yet GuideC=RN = unemployed when it comes to a lot of facilities. As I said, the new grad internships I have applied for, which are specifically FOR those with no experience (other than externships or working as a tech during school) specifically state that if your GPA is below a 3.0 you will not be considered.
It won't get you the job, as Music In My Heart stated, but it sure can keep you from it.