Do you have a GED?????

  1. During class, a fellow student stated that she had a GED instead of a High School Diploma. Many students in the class were shocked because she is an "A" student. I also have a GED, make exceptional grades, and found that many people seem to be in disbelief when I tell them that I dropped out of highschool. I understand the stigma...but my question is:

    How many of you have a GED? AND...have you ever been passed over for a position in nursing because you do not have a diploma?
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  2. 34 Comments

  3. by   txspadequeenRN
    I have a GED and no one has ever ask me where or when I graduated. They dont even ask me where I went to nursing school.
  4. by   Lovely_RN
    I got a GED when I was 17 and pregnant. It didn't stop me from going on to get my BA and I very much doubt it will make a difference in me getting a second degree in nursing.
  5. by   kharing
    I'm originally from the East Coast, but moved to the Southwest a few years ago. (Being from a large metropolitan city, I had assumed that people that have GEDs dropped out of school.) I was surprised to find out that many students that are homeschooled get GEDs instead of diplomas.
  6. by   kranken_schwester
    Got my GED at 17 (so I could get the hell out of Dodge, as they say!) and graduated first in my class. There are still plenty of ignorant people in the world, but I can't imagine an HR/DON refusing to hire a competent and educated nurse because of something that happened when he/she was a teenager.
  7. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Even though I did graduate, I am not even sure if I could have passed a high school exit exam because I don't feel
    I learned much in high school.

    Anyway, I think if you got a GED, you just may be smarter than some high school grads.

    Remember this: G.E.D. "GENERAL EDUCATION DIPLOMA" or "GOOD ENOUGH DEGREE":wink2: :wink2:
  8. by   terriermom1973
    i had to drop out of high school and it was after i got married that i received my high school diploma (GED)
    i am not a nurse yet though so i cant really answer your other question
  9. by   nurse4theplanet
    What about continuing education? Any APRNs or CRNAs out there with GEDs?
  10. by   GaRn06
    I just graduated in May but have not had my GED be an issue. To me that should not be an issue, if I have graduated from nursing school and passed NCLEX. There will always be those people who think if you have a GED you are a lesser person than them or whatever (I witnessed this in a heated nursing ethics class we had and people were saying that others with a GED are usually always down a wrong path).
  11. by   TheCommuter
    I earned a high school diploma. However, there are many brilliant people who have earned their GEDs. One of my college professors admitted he dropped out of high school, earned a GED, and attended community college for three years before transferring to the University of Texas at Dallas. One of my nursing school classmates earned all 'A' grades despite having a GED.
  12. by   MackNJacks mom
    I also have a GED. I couldn't pass high school chemistry, and wouldn't graduate with my class so I got a GED. I went to community college then to the university. I made a's and b's all through college. When I went to get my job, I was worried about that but of my four interviews no one ever mentioned it. I got a great job! In fact not once in my life has the GED been a hinderance to anything. The degree that follows the GED is the only one that matters.
  13. by   BSNtobe2009
    GED's are not always given to people that have dropped out of high school.

    Colleges that have programs for the exceptionally gifted where very young students are very bright, take the GED to 'test out' of high school so that they may begin their college career early.
  14. by   1st edition
    I didn't even go to high school. I quit 4 mos into 9th grade. Took and passed my GED 1st try at age 19. Got a degree w/ a 3.3 GPA. No one has ever asked me about high school. College math is (still pursuing a higher degree) difficult but I don't have the mathematical foundation for it but it is not impossible. Having a GED should not be a stigma or barrier for anything.

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