"C" Students

  1. 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.


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  3. by   mark_LD_RN
    no truth to it at all, it depends on the person. i have seen great "C" students as well as "A" student . each can be equally as bad also.
  4. by   Love-A-Nurse
    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.


    marie, since you stated your instructor said that "some" of her best students have been "c" students, i would have to say yes it is true. i too agree with mark.

    how was your day in general?
  5. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by mark_LD_RN
    no truth to it at all, it depends on the person. i have seen great "C" students as well as "A" student . each can be equally as bad also.
    Mark, I would have to agree, I've had classmates who were straight "A" students and felt they would make excellent nurses based on grades and personality, etc..

    I think it takes more than just a high GPA to be a good nurse, that's probably what the instructor was trying to communicate to us.

    Thanks, Marie
  6. by   live4today
    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.


    mkue.....i also had an instructor in college who was a former nun.
    i remember her telling the entire class the very same thing. she was my psych instructor in the nursing program.

    i agree that her point in saying that was to say it isn't the grade that makes the nurse, but it's what you do with what you learn (knowing how to apply what you learn) that makes a fine nurse. knowledge is only powerful when you know how to apply it to the situation at hand! :kiss
    Last edit by live4today on Aug 5, '02
  7. by   Mkue
    originally posted by lpn,future, rn
    marie, since you stated your instructor said that "some" of her best students have been "c" students, i would have to say yes it is true. i too agree with mark.

    how was your day in general?
    stephany, yes, she did say "some" and not "majority". she also stated that the rumors are true and that she is a tough instructor... man, i always seem to get those nuns who are tough.

    one of our books did not come in.

    other than that, the day went pretty well. oh, i did hear one student say, "i hate this place"...

    thanks for asking stephany..lol..
    marie
  8. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by cheerfuldoer


    mkue.....I also had an instructor in college who was a former Nun.
    I remember her telling the entire class the very same thing. She was my Psych Instructor in the nursing program.

    I agree that her point in saying that was to say it isn't necessarily the grade that makes the nurse, but the person makes the nurse. :kiss
    Very well said Renee, it's a combination of things.

    Thanks !

  9. by   live4today
    Originally posted by mkue


    Very well said Renee, it's a combination of things.

    Thanks !

    mkue......I had already added more CLARITY to my post comments BEFORE reading yours to me here. Nothing changed really....just clarified it more that's all. :kiss
  10. by   vettech
    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.

    i'm not sure if my vet tech school and an rn school are 100% comparable but, i think your instructor has a point... barely.

    in my school we had 2 students that carried no less than a 3.9gpa the entire way. between the two of them, i wouldn't let them trim my ferret's nails. they could quote the books word for word and aced every test but they both struggled when something came up that didn't fit the typical - as you know, life doesn't often read the book. on the other hand, we had a student there who barely passed most of her classes but she knew how to think out a situation and was cool as ice in a crisis. she was just lousy at the rote memorization required by school. i worked with the latter tech a few shifts and she was brilliant. incidentally, about the 2 who graduated with those high gpas - one did a hard to get and very prestigious internship at amc in manhattan and quit half way through because she couldn't handle the pressure. the other went into pharaceutical sales.

    just goes to show you, grades don't prove the quality of the student when they hit the real world. some "a" students really are brilliant in the field, some do lousy. the opposite is also true. as we all know, school is quite a bit different than being on the job for real.

    i finsihed somewhere in the lower middle - a 2.43gpa.
  11. by   GPatty
    I got all "C's" in Med-Surg, but everyone of my instructors said I would be a fine nurse because of my clinical skills. I guess I have pretty good "people skills". I feel very confident about myself out on the floor taking care of people.
    So I guess like it was said "it isn't the grade. it's what you do with it!"
    True....so true....
  12. by   delirium
    This topic has been brought up here before.
    At the risk of being flamed :angryfire my feeling is that this is said to make substandard students feel better about themselves.
    Sorry, but its my opinion. I don't feel like a C student is more capable of taking care of a person than an A student, and I don't appreciate being made to feel that my clinical capabilities are less because I happen to have an A average.
    Certainly there are students who excel in one area over the other, that being classroom or clinical, but overall I think the critical thinking necessary to becoming a good nurse is gleaned both from academics and clinical experience.
  13. by   Wyldeflower
    My school's nursing program requires an 80 or above for passing...anything below that is a "C" and is a failing grade.
  14. by   psychomachia
    Great, now instead of the ADN vs BSN debate, the topic can now be "C students vs A students - which is better?"

    The statement that "the grade doesn't matter, it's what you do with it" probably holds true, but for the nun to say something like "C students TRY harder" is a bit biased, no? Kinda like that BS about "ADN students have better clinical skills" (I swear I'm gonna puke if I hear that again).

    To imply that "A" students don't TRY harder than "C" students for their grades is, well, more nursing BS that floats around and just won't do down the drain no matter how many times you flush....

    But I did have a girlfriend who used to say "A cups try harder" - she seemed to live by that motto...

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