"C" Students - page 5

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   JailRN
    Angus,, Thank you, Thank you very much...

    The program that my hubby is in says they have to thve an 75 to pass, otherwise they're out. Has to do that way, 95% pass board first time. If they're average students, they're weeded out of the program so they don't lower the college's stats--that stinks.

    HE said to the Dept chair, why don't you just make it a straight 90. that way 100% will do it; he was so mad.
  2. by   kimmicoobug
    I think it totally depends on the student. I study hard, or as hard as I can with a toddler and a preschooler and I get mostly A's and B's. If I had more time to study, my grades would be better. 2 quarters ago I got a C plus for clinical and I was totally humiliated. Alot of it was just me. I let my lack of confidence really get in the way. It totally affected my time management and organization skills, I was so bad. I made myself reevaluate everything and told myself if I couldn't pull my crap together I should find something else to do with my life. So, I got my crap together and got an A last quarter in clinical. I work hard and I feel the grades I get are the grades I deserve. However, I do know some students who do settle for the C's and say that working hard to learn the material isn't that important because most of it won't stick. One of my good friends is one of those students, and although now she is a nurse, I think she could be a better one if she didn't treat school as if it were a joke. However, I do know plenty of students who really struggle through theory with C's but get A's in clinical and can really perform procedures and put two and two together. Then there are the students who really work hard, but it just doesn't click. I can't help but admire them, but feel that they should think of something else to do with their lives. Just had to throw my two cents in.
  3. by   Mkue
    MelH, that is SUPER !!!


    I had a Sister (Nun) for AP II and she was tough as nails, teaching was her life, after God of course. Absolutely NO multiple choice tests, all fill in the blank, essay, and if we were lucky some matching. I had a few RN's in my class that had to take sciences over since they had expired and were going on for CRNA, BSN, things like that.

    Each Lab lesson from the lab book was to be filled out and turned in, any misspelled words with pen, mandatory white out before turning in those assignments. This was a change for me as my AP I instructor did not ask for any lab papers to be turned in.

    I prayed for a "C" in her class, honestly, I would study everything that she "wouldn't" ask on the tests, as she would never tell us what would be on the tests like some instructors do. !!

    Inspiration and Experiation had to be recited to her, looking right at her face to face, all of the muscles, nerves,, etc. that were involved in this process.

    I did get a C in the lecture and B in the Lab.. she approached me the last day of class and said, "marie, I know you will make a very good nurse, you have a wonderful personality".. UGH OMG, that meant so much to me I almost cried !!

    I actually learned what she wanted me to know AND what I thought she wanted..so I feel as though I walked away with an "A" even tho my transcript doesn't show it.. I would never trade that instructor for anyone.

    Sorry for the long post

  4. by   Agnus
    mkue
    you are absolutely right. I have over the years aquired many college credits. Some were A's and I learned little to nothing. Some were less than A's but I learned so much, and found the course so valuable.
    Some teachers hand out A's like candy and they mean little. Some are stingy with their A's but you know when you are done you earned something.
    Some don't teach at all and some give you a good grade just because they are impressed in some way that has little to do with what you know or do in the class.
  5. by   Mkue
    Thanks Agnus.

    I always enjoy your posts !
  6. by   tonicareer
    Most schools in my area require at least a B in nursing and science classes. Only the highest GPAs get into the clinicals. So you see grades do matter. In addition if you want to get into a masters someday you will need very high grades.
  7. by   researchrabbit
    Having been a teacher before I was a nurse...

    the theory behind B & C students being great students is that they know how to study already because they've always had to work at it. The theory that they best A students, is that things came easily in other areas for the A student and they didn't necessarily learn to study and just coasted...

    Plus telling C students that they CAN be excellent students encourages them to try harder...and we all need all the motivation we can get.
  8. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by tonicareer
    Most schools in my area require at least a B in nursing and science classes. Only the highest GPAs get into the clinicals. So you see grades do matter. In addition if you want to get into a masters someday you will need very high grades.
    I've been wondering how that works going from RN to MSN, and if the grades from RN program have to meet a certain standard to get into a Master program.

    Thanks !
  9. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by researchrabbit
    Having been a teacher before I was a nurse...

    the theory behind B & C students being great students is that they know how to study already because they've always had to work at it. The theory that they best A students, is that things came easily in other areas for the A student and they didn't necessarily learn to study and just coasted...

    Plus telling C students that they CAN be excellent students encourages them to try harder...and we all need all the motivation we can get.
    Thanks researchrabbit!
  10. by   Agnus
    I know at the University of Nevada to get into a BSN program as well as a MSN program you must meet certain grade requirements for entry. I think it is a 3.0. But don't quote me on that exactly as my memory ain't what it used to be.
  11. by   acrofford
    But what if you want to move higher? dosent grades matter then? you know, LPN, CRNA ext...!?!?CRNA for example, dont they look at your past grades?
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    (A lot of old threads getting the crash cart lately)

    Can't agree with C students being the students that strive and try harder. If they're the ones trying so hard, then what are the A and B students doing? And after hearing 3 C students in my class say "oh i have a 78 so i'm passing and that's what matters" it makes me wonder how many ither students can be like that. Passing isn't what matters, the fact that you're LEARNING is.

    I know there are some students who gets C's and try their rears off to get higher grades, but struggle in certain areas of a subject. That's another story when it is obvious they are trying. However, the C student who complains that clinicals and homework are interfering with her time at the bar out with her friends, that irritates me.

    I don't know about other areas but up here potential employers are allowed to see your grades after you graduate. I keep that in mind everytime i get a case of numb butt from studying.
  13. by   liline
    Each school are different in their grading system, some school 80% is a C while some it may be an B-. Everyone learns things different. I think that as long as you can apply what you learn, that's what make a good nurse.

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