How important is your g.p.a

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    Just curious what some of yours GPA are and how important is that in getting a job. Also did u do the best in the speciality that u chose.

    Nursing fundamental- C+
    Nursing calculations - B+
    Nursing Adult/med surg -C
    Nursing Adult II/(med surg onco/neuro)- B-
    Psych nursing- C+

    GPA 3.059 --- the funny thing is i have A's in all my bio classes & had a much better GPA until i started nursing is that a sign?
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    Where I am (Chicago), most of the hospitals could care less about your GPA. They just want to know if you passed NCLEX and have a license. However, since the economy is in the toilet and about to get flushed, some students have put their GPA on their resume. However, this is only because they have a GPA of 3.5 or above. I'm guessing that helps since it signifies you graduating with honors and thus was a very good student.

    When it come to recruiters looking at your academic history, I think that as long you passed your required courses then you should be fine. However, if you want to work in Med/Surg, but got a D+ in the class, then......well, you know, you may just have to really sell the reason why you got that grade, but now you understand the information and willing to learn from the experience.

    All in all, grades aren't as important anymore, but if you're looking into attending a prestigious hospital or a highly popular new grad program then I think you better have a darn good essay/interview to boost your brownie points!

    Hope this helps!


    NurseThis21, BSN, RN
    UIC Alumna
    shynurse likes this.
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    Umm............I think the saying is "what is the difference between a nurse with an A average and a nurse with a C average. Nothing they are both nurses". I think most hospitals only care if you pass the NCLEX and is licenced to work.
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    It depends where you want to work. When I spoke with a nurse recruiter at Georgetown the first question she asked was what my GPA was. I'm not sure I would want to work at a hospital that only cared that their nurses met the bare minimum requirements.
    ♪♫ in my ♥ and Circejane like this.
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    Just curious...what's the deal with a C in Fundamentals?
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    Actually chaxanmom i have no excuse the nursing program that i am attending have very hard test they are not NCLEX style at all & althoug its just a Associates degree program the design the test (in my opponion) to eliminate people. I should've done better but i didnt have the drive to do my best until this very last semester. What are ur grades like @ what type of program are u attending (include g.p.a if udont mind)
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    In this economy, I believe grades (among other things) do matter. In most areas, the hospitals have many more applicants than openings for new grads. They have to have some way of picking and choosing. In my new grad class, it was obvious that our group was very bright.

    If the classes above are the only ones you've taken so far, then you still have time to get your grades up. Study hard.
    shynurse likes this.
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    Quote from GoldenFire5
    In this economy, I believe grades (among other things) do matter. In most areas, the hospitals have many more applicants than openings for new grads. They have to have some way of picking and choosing. In my new grad class, it was obvious that our group was very bright.

    If the classes above are the only ones you've taken so far, then you still have time to get your grades up. Study hard.
    :yeahthat:
    In all but one interview that I've had so far, the interviewer asked about my GPA and/or transcript....for a couple of those interviews, those were the first words out of their mouths.

    So while grades don't really matter when you're working on the floor or at your job...with the market the way it is right now, grades seem to matter a whole lot as you try to get the job in the first place.
    Circejane likes this.
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    Quote from shystudent
    Actually chaxanmom i have no excuse the nursing program that i am attending have very hard test they are not NCLEX style at all & althoug its just a Associates degree program the design the test (in my opponion) to eliminate people. I should've done better but i didnt have the drive to do my best until this very last semester. What are ur grades like @ what type of program are u attending (include g.p.a if udont mind)
    I have a 3.91 in a BSN program but the reason I asked wasn't to make you feel bad. Sometimes people who do well in prereq's hit a brick wall when they start having to deal with NCLEX style questions because they are require a totally different strategy than in other types of classes.
    As far as not having the drive to do your best until the end...make sure you mention that in the interview if you are applying at a facility where GPA has a strong impact in whether you get the job or not. For grad school you can address it in your essay. Did your grades go up this last semester? The job I'm interviewing for this week asks for a transcript so in your case you would be able to show that your grades went up at the end. You have options.
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    Quote from chaxanmom
    I have a 3.91 in a BSN program but the reason I asked wasn't to make you feel bad. Sometimes people who do well in prereq's hit a brick wall when they start having to deal with NCLEX style questions because they are require a totally different strategy than in other types of classes.
    As far as not having the drive to do your best until the end...make sure you mention that in the interview if you are applying at a facility where GPA has a strong impact in whether you get the job or not. For grad school you can address it in your essay. Did your grades go up this last semester? The job I'm interviewing for this week asks for a transcript so in your case you would be able to show that your grades went up at the end. You have options.
    Yes. i did a little better than previously. I am not making excuses but i've heard that Associate degree RN courses are alot harder than Bachelor degree courses. Have u heard that also or is it the opposite? No matter what the case may be i have the ability to perform much better than i have in the pass and i am truly looking forward to living up to my statement


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