"C" Students - page 4

i have an instructor for nutrition who is a nun, rn, bsn, msn and she stated today that some of her best students have been "c" students. because the "c" students try harder she said. i've... Read More

  1. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by Albirdie
    All of this stuff about 'C' students really gets to me. Mostly because I either make 'A's or 'C's. There is no in between for me. I just started nursing school this semester and I am loving every second of it. I haven't taken my first test yet, but I know that even if I don't receive an 'A' on it I know that I am learning. I am learning how to take care of patients the proper way. Just because I may not get a great grade does not mean that I won't be a great nurse. I get major test anxiety. Can't figure it out, but I do. When it comes to doing vitals with my instructor listening at the same time, it is a breeze. You just have to do your very best and make sure you know how to take care of patients without making mistakes. I would be willing to bet that as long as you are taking good care of the patients nobody is going to ask you, "And what kind of grades did you get in nursing school?"
    Good Post !!!
    May all the "C" students be "A" NURSES !!
  2. by   delirium
    Is this the thread that won't die, or what?

    So long as we all learn to be great nurses, who gives a flying whatever? I'd be more than happy to work with any of y'all in the future (so long as you don't steal my food out of the staff fridge.... Gawd that irks me!).

    We should help each other.

    Agnus... I was feeling sort of punchy then, too. Sorry if I was rude.
  3. by   memphisgurl
    Who cares if your an A,B, or C student long as you try really hard to be a good nurse. Just take care of the patients!
  4. by   ashse
    I agree. I've always been a book smart student which made my husband insanely jealous when he was going through college, studying for his registry, etc. By helping him study, I was absorbing a lot of the material so that I could answer some of the questions he couldn't. It drove him crazy!

    Some people just have better memories. I know he studied hard and put a lot of effort into it but he just doesn't have the ability to memorize facts and figures like I do. Plus he gets test anxiety. The grade earned doesn't necessarily reflect how well someone knows and applies the material.
  5. by   mark_LD_RN
    i thought it was dead also but it seems to be like the energizer bunny. its the thread that keeps on going,going and going. i really wish it would die out soon. it is just another thing to scabble about.
    grades dont make the nurse! being a C student wont make you and A nurse any more than an A student will make you a C student. believe it or not you can be both or neither at the same time also. it does not have to be one or the other. and we really should focus on for important issues
  6. by   Mkue
    originally posted by mkue
    i have an instructor for nutrition who is a nun, rn, bsn, msn and she stated today that some of her best students have been "c" students.

    because the "c" students try harder she said.

    i've heard this before and just wondering if there is some truth to it.

    are there any nurses out there who got mostly "c"s and were told they are excellent nurses? maybe this topic has come up before.


    hey everyone, i didn't mean to start a debate or anything with this thread, i appreciate everyones input.

    this instructor informed us last week that she was a "c" student who worked her butt off all through school, so maybe she has a soft spot for these students.

    i promise i won't bring up "grades" again, cause i know it's a touchy subject !

    i agree the nclex is the most important !! that's what we are striving for, preparing for we are all unique individuals !
  7. by   NYCRN16
    I think that there are some people who may be good nurses although they dont get A's, but my question is, how do you apply the theory to the practice if you dont understand it enough to get a better grade? I am not talking about the occasional C we all get that once in our college career, but if you continually get C's throughout nursing school you will probably not pass your boards, and will probably not get into any kind of grad school. There are some people who do get A's in all thier classes and still dont know anything about nursing when they graduate but that is few and far between. BTW there are many nursing schools that have a passing cutoff at C+ (my school is 78), so if you get a C you will fail anyway.
  8. by   CATHYW
    originally posted by imagin916
    i think that there are some people who may be good nurses although they dont get a's, but my question is, how do you apply the theory to the practice if you dont understand it enough to get a better grade? i am not talking about the occasional c we all get that once in our college career, but if you continually get c's throughout nursing school you will probably not pass your boards, and will probably not get into any kind of grad school. there are some people who do get a's in all thier classes and still dont know anything about nursing when they graduate but that is few and far between. btw there are many nursing schools that have a passing cutoff at c+ (my school is 78), so if you get a c you will fail anyway.
    i agree. my schools' (both lpn and rn) cutoff was 80. btw, some of the same lazy, doping, drinking, partying "c"crowd were the same ones who floundered on boards. 7 from my class did not pass! that was the worst record in the 20 year hx of my nursing school! :stone
  9. by   JailRN
    Q; what do you call the one who graduates at the bottom of class in Med school??

    A Doctor.



    Who cares about grades?? As long as the license say RN that's all that matters. The female who graduated at the top of our class, and made a big deal about the fact that she was valedictorian, failed her boards, the the second time around, didn't register on time!! (that was in the days when you tested Feb and Aug) so while the rest of us "dummies" were RN's and getting paid for it, the hospital wouldn't even hire her as a CNA. (because she hadn't taken the course)

    By the way, I was an A student, but don't consider myself any better or worse than my peers, I'm just a fast test taker and can write reams.
  10. by   MelH
    Marie,

    As a matter of fact I met with one of my nursing instructors today and discussed my test grade with her. I made an 86 on the test (there were others who made 90 and above). The teacher asked me how I felt about my grade and considering there were only 50 questions on the test I thought I did pretty good. She looked up at me and said you know what unfortunately, Mel, there are a lot of people who don't make it in the second semester because how they got there was thru memorization on the first semester where as the second semester is more applying. She said that those students who make in the 80's are showing that they are actually "thinking" about the problem and trying to apply it. Don't know if this is true ( I did critically think about all of my questions) but I took it as a compliment! Good luck!
  11. by   Albirdie
    MelH, I think that I would have took that as a compliment as well. I think that is a great grade. It is a 'B'!!!! The grading system at the college I attend is 75-79 = C, 80-89 = B, 90 and up = A. I am the Class of 2004, ADN program.
  12. by   Agnus
    Congrats! Mel. Ya done good kid! Thinking things through is what it is all about.

    a personal aside:
    I HATE memorization. I would much rather understand than to memorize something that is meaningless to me. If I just understand it I remember it longer. In commiting things to memory a little memorization is needed. But for me to be able to understand well enough that I can reason anything out is over all better. There is too much in nursing school to memorize it all. That is what critical thinking is all about.
  13. by   Agnus
    Originally posted by JailRN
    Q; what do you call the one who graduates at the bottom of class in Med school??

    A Doctor.



    Who cares about grades?? As long as the license say RN that's all that matters. The female who graduated at the top of our class, and made a big deal about the fact that she was valedictorian, failed her boards, the the second time around, didn't register on time!! (that was in the days when you tested Feb and Aug) so while the rest of us "dummies" were RN's and getting paid for it, the hospital wouldn't even hire her as a CNA. (because she hadn't taken the course)

    By the way, I was an A student, but don't consider myself any better or worse than my peers, I'm just a fast test taker and can write reams.
    Ah, a dose of humility. I understand this well. Sometimes I need a dose myself from time to time. Ouch! It does help put things in their proper perspective though and makes us nicer (at least for a while) and better people.
    It's like that old confusious tale. That says when you are so full of what you know there is no room for anything else. (Or when you are so full of yourself.) So every once in a while we have to spill some out of our cup to be able to pour more in.

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