2.5 GPA!!! Is this good enough!

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    Last edit by adnstudent on Nov 14, '01
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  3. by   crnasomeday
    Hi there ADNStudent. I think this question may depend on the program to which you apply. At my school, you have to have a 2.7 to enter the program, and you have to maintain that GPA throughout the program, but I don't know if it's like that at all schools. I do know a couple of people who have "flunked out" for getting below the required GPA. Another factor to consider is that if you are applying to a school with a huge amount of people applying as well, GPA's are really going to matter in the whole competition for entrance.
  4. by   essarge
    I agree with CRNA. The program I am in you have to keep a 3.0. It's pretty tough to do unless you managed to do well in the pre-req's like A&P, Chemistry, etc. Talk to your advisor and see how they feel about it. Is there an elective course that you could take that is fairly easy to help you bring up your GPA. One of my pre-req's was speech and it was a really easy and fun course...got an A and it helped maintain my GPA. Good luck!!
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  6. by   crnasomeday
    Glad you asked this question about GPA mattering when you apply places. Alot of people are probably going to tell you that it doesn't matter, but I can tell you from very recent job hunting experience that it does! (For student nursing positions at the hospitals in this area anyway). I have had three interviews over the past week, and at every single one I was asked what my GPA is. I'm fortunate enough to have a really good answer to that question so I don't sweat it, but a couple of my friends who have borderline GPAs were turned down for employment in at least one of the same hospitals which has offered me a position. One of my friends actually had the human resources dept tell her that they were very concerned about their student employees and don't want their marks to fall because of working, so if she's able to bring her grades up by the end of the fall semester she can reapply. Also, many of the hospitals here that hire students require you to submit your grade slip before being employed at their facility, and at the end of each term.

    Like I said though, you're probably going to hear lots of people here tell you that grades don't matter in the real world, and I'm not sure if they really make a whole lot of difference myself, but there are definitely some aspects in which good grades are essential. I, like my user name implies, hope to go on to grad school in the nursing anesthesia program. That is a goal for which grades certainly do matter. Acceptance to grad programs requires good previous academic performance.
    Another thing that I like to think about when I think about how grades really do matter is that they are a reflection of how much effort you're willing to put in to something. By that I mean this: I think that we owe it to our patients, both presently and in the future, to study hard and absorb as much as we can. Don't feel bad though. You're just starting out, and lots of people have been in your boat. Before transferring to the university I'm at now, I just kind of blew off classes and didn't study like I should have. That left a pretty negative impact on my transcripts that I've worked very hard to remedy. You can do it!
    Be blessed....
    Louise http://www.geocities.com/crnasomeday
  7. by   Charles S. Smith, RN, MS
    Originally posted by adnstudent:
    <STRONG>There is only a 2.0 minimum to get in the program and it is based on a lottery acceptance. So I am not worried about getting into the program...just regretting not doing better. I knew the requirements for acceptance so I didn't give my all to get the good grades I should have. I am definitely capable as I had to get A's on finals in order to pass some classes. Does your GPA mean anything when applying for a job in nursing??</STRONG>
    Grades are a bit arbitrary in some cases, but as you stated, you could have done better. My question to you is: Will you just "get by" when you have a patient's life in your hands? This is the real issue.

    chas
  8. by   peaceful2100
    ADNstudent,
    My grades in pre-req's were not among the best in the science and math area I recieved an c in anatomy, C in chemistry, C in physiology, A in intermediate Algebra, C in college algebra and an B in Microbiology all my other pre-req's in the humanities and social sciences were A's and a few B's. I just completed my first semester of nursing school and none of my nursing class grades were lower than B's. Next semester I am pretty confident I will be able to get a 4.0 in all my nursing classes. I don't think having not so good grades in pre-req's will work against you if you are determined and you study really hard I am living proof that it can happen. You will need to know the books too but I have seen some really good straight A book smart nursing students but are totally cluess and not smart in clinicals and with the patients. Good grades is important but the most important thing is how much you comprehend, and how much you learn and apply to the situation.

    Take care,
    peaceful2100
  9. by   EXOTIC NURSE
    Wow, I see I was not the only one who got plain old C's in my pre-req classes but I do not passively care for my patients at all but I was just tired from working, parenting, and keeping up with my studies it is a chore to do so I just did enough to pass and that was that I see now I should have gave it my all because my GPA does matter when I want to further my education which I am currently doing and I take more pride in my grades and I strive for only A's and B's now plus it makes me feel good about myself and my study habits have improved tremendously so there are advantages of taking your GPA seriously.
  10. by   Bonnie Blue
    I would agree with peaceful. There are some folks who are great in the classroom but lousy in clinicals and vice versa. Take a look at yourself and your study habits. Make sure that you have developed good time management and study skills. If you need help, get it. Otherwise, you will shortchange yourself and your patients.
  11. by   sharann
    adnstudent,

    I too went the ADN route. Graduated 1 year ago almost to the day! Anyhow, I think that grades though important are overemphasized to a point in school.Yes certain minimum competencies must be met,however,there is another more practical aspect to consider.Bedside and technical skills (aka clinicals). Now I myself received all A's and 0ne B in nursing school.How about that GPA? (Sure I'm proud, I worked hard!). However, my stellar grades do not make me a great or lousy nurse.When you are in with a patient who is in pain or dying, just how often do you think the grades you got come up in conversation? A good nurse has much more than a brilliant mind to offer (well, DON'T we????). You say you could have done better if you applied yourself,as evidenced by getting A's on your finals. This is what is essential here, you have the potential. With potential comes great hope!
    Good luck.
  12. by   adnstudent
    Thank you for all the wonderful support. This site is wonderful and would not be what it is without all of you. It is greatly appreciated. I know I can do whatever I set my mind to and I will let you know how I do in this summer. And I will do good! Although nursing expertise is not based on your grades in your class, I do believe determination and desire to achieve to your highest ability can tell a lot about somebody...and that is what I will do. Thanks again!!

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