What's worse than having a strict grading range?... - page 2

Having a lenient one. I may be griping, but I've always had a problem with the local community college's grading system. In the ADN program I attend, this is where we have to take our co-reqs. ... Read More

  1. by   Jules A
    Ours was the same and I loved it when I was in the low Bs but hated it when I was in the high Bs, lol.
  2. by   mercyteapot
    Back in my day, grading was straight letter grades and there was the ten point span for each. We never even thought about it, I don't think. My son's school uses the plus and minus system, but I'll be danged if I can tell you what standards are used to determine their use. It is up to each teacher and some of them seem to me to be quite loosey goosey (this is a high school, though, not a college). It seems to me that no matter how strict or lenient the system is, it would be nice if consistent criteria were used so everyone knew what to expect and what a certain grade actually reflects.
  3. by   MB37
    I'm still a pre-nursing student, but I've attended 4 different schools. One used pluses and minuses (only up to A), two did not use them at all, and my current school it is up to the teacher's discretion. My transcript for last semester actually shows an A+ in my psych class, but it is still only worth 4.0. As a straight A student since returning to do prereqs, I HATE pluses and minuses. Why should I have to earn a 93 to keep my GPA where it is? Then again, my 92.9 A- now could be a B once NS starts, so maybe it's good to get used to it. If you do the math though, any grading system is overall neutral only if they either only offer whole letter grades or they offer an A+ worth 4.33. Otherwise, with the first gradation being down, it hurts some students and is overall neutral to the rest. Just my 2 cents.
  4. by   Cattitude
    i know that grades are important and it is rather nice to keep them up but... in the grand scheme of life after college, no one cares what your gpa was. it's the degree that counts. don't sweat it students, just focus on passing, that's what matters the most.
  5. by   kimmie518
    Well when you're trying to enter into a competitive BSN or graduate program, GPA's do count (as well as other credentials).
  6. by   futurecnm
    Quote from casbeezgirlrn
    i know that grades are important and it is rather nice to keep them up but... in the grand scheme of life after college, no one cares what your gpa was. it's the degree that counts. don't sweat it students, just focus on passing, that's what matters the most.
    i have to kind of disagree with this, because i have found out that there is some competition for internships/rn positions where i am (midwest). i just interviewed for an internship program, and there were 500 applicants for 100 jobs. they only interviewed 200. since i have no nursing experience except school, my grades and prior degree are the only way i got an interview. and getting an internship such as this is a big step in the door for many new rn's getting jobs next year. and like the other poster said, many masters programs require a high gpa. i think that hospitals can be a lot more choosy than we all sometimes like to think. there are a lot of rn's graduating out there and they are going to go with people with the experience, grades, and those who have contacts that can help them out. it isn't as easy as just passing and getting a job, at least where i live.
  7. by   kimmie518
    Do employer's ask for grade's?
  8. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from xkimmie518x
    Do employer's ask for grade's?
    For a staff nurse position, no, but sometimes hosptials will look at grades of nursing students who are applying for internships.
  9. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from casbeezgirlrn
    i know that grades are important and it is rather nice to keep them up but... in the grand scheme of life after college, no one cares what your gpa was. it's the degree that counts. don't sweat it students, just focus on passing, that's what matters the most.
    i have to disagree. a common theme of advice on these boards is "don't burn your bridges". very sound advice, i am sure most would agree. well, the "just pass" mindset is just another way of burning bridges. just as a nurse might think he or she would never want to work for a previous employer, but...you never know - the same can apply to a career. students who have not yet experienced nursing might think that they will be happy forever as a bedside nurses, but...you never know. what if nursing isn't what they thought/hoped it would be? what if they want to pursue advanced practice/education/ upper managment? what if they want to leave nursing althogether and pursue another degree? these options and opportunities can become limited with a bunch of mediocre grades on a transcript. one never knows what "life after college" might bring. grades can still be very important even after you have the degree in your hand.
  10. by   LPN0608
    We have to have 80 or above in our LPN program. that means 80 not 79.9 in every single class, lab and clinical. Fail one and you're out. ABCDF really doesn't matter much but I try to do well, to up my chances of getting in the bridge program later on.
  11. by   Cattitude
    Quote from rn4nicu
    i have to disagree. a common theme of advice on these boards is "don't burn your bridges". very sound advice, i am sure most would agree. well, the "just pass" mindset is just another way of burning bridges. just as a nurse might think he or she would never want to work for a previous employer, but...you never know - the same can apply to a career. students who have not yet experienced nursing might think that they will be happy forever as a bedside nurses, but...you never know. what if nursing isn't what they thought/hoped it would be? what if they want to pursue advanced practice/education/ upper managment? what if they want to leave nursing althogether and pursue another degree? these options and opportunities can become limited with a bunch of mediocre grades on a transcript. one never knows what "life after college" might bring. grades can still be very important even after you have the degree in your hand.

    i guess i didn't elaborate enough. yes, grades are important, but not to the point of driving yourself nuts over the difference between a 3.62 or 3.55. just work hard and do your best. they are important to get you into the next level of education. in my experience, i have never, ever had an employer ask me for my gpa. never. that was my point. btw, i have a great gpa and would love it if they did ask!!!
  12. by   Cattitude
    Quote from xkimmie518x
    do employer's ask for grade's?
    not in the 10 years that i've been doing nursing.:d
  13. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from casbeezgirlrn
    i guess i didn't elaborate enough. yes, grades are important, but not to the point of driving yourself nuts over the difference between a 3.62 or 3.55. just work hard and do your best. they are important to get you into the next level of education. in my experience, i have never, ever had an employer ask me for my gpa. never. that was my point. btw, i have a great gpa and would love it if they did ask!!!
    this has nothing to do with your post, but my son and i both really like that cartoon billy and mandy. did you ever see the episode where she enters the beauty pageant and tries to smile? what a hoot!

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