B honest, how many B or C students are out there? - page 5

I posted my B grades and it seems like I am the only one? Am I or are all of you B students out there made to feel ashamed of your grades? It seems lately there has been an aweful lot of talk about... Read More

  1. by   RNIAM
    It may not factor at all in your practice but as alot of folks here have alluded to, many of them will be furthering their education. In the educational realm alot of stock is placed upon the GPA. This is a fact of life I'm afraid. I don't agree with it but it will not change in my life time. I will continue to learn and do the best I can whether or not I get an A , B or C ( that is a low as I am willing to go! lol)
  2. by   marilynmom
    Originally posted by mayberry
    Here's a newsflash - just b/c your an A student will not equate to being an "A" nurse. I've seen too many "A" students who can't cut it on nursing units and alot of B and C student who are far better in the clinical setting. My suggestion - keep the emphasis on your grades in perspective and...how much is your GPA really going factor in to your practice?
    You missed the point here. No one is talking about a 4.0 student being a better nurse than someone with a 2.5 We are talking about how important grades are, fact of life in most places, can't argue it either and you can't change it. Some/most schools place heavy emphasis on GPA to just get INTO nursing school some places a C or even a B student just wont get in (which is ridiculas yes but just how it is)...so yes it is VERY important. And also those of us who plan to go onto further education (master degree, etc) you have to do well in school.

    No one is talking about who makes better nurses, we are talking about grades, nothing more.

    Marilyn
  3. by   Momto2Boys
    I got 2 A's and 2 C's this semester it was hard ...
  4. by   rosemadder
    I made a B in every nursing course I took and was proud of it! During med-surg no one made an A in our entire class. I was consistent in my grades and was happy to have a life and a decent grade point average. The few who did make A's had to give up a lot of time with their families or were single.
  5. by   meandragonbrett
    I'm mostly As with Bs mixed here and there
  6. by   kwagner_51
    Hi!

    I start the ADN program in the Fall. My grades for the spring semester were:
    C in Chemistry,
    C Intermediate Algebra,
    B- A&P2
    B Psychology,
    A A&P Lab and
    A in Chemistry Lab.

    I was NOT allowed to register for the Fall semester because I got a D in Algbra at MIDTERM. I worked my BUTT off trying to bring the grade up. I got a D on the final, but I had signed a contract with my math instrctor stating that IF I spent at least 6 hrs. a week in the math lab, turned in all homework when asked, and got a C on the final we were guaranteed a C in the class. I spent 20 hrs a week in the lab. I really tried!!

    On May 08, 2003 I went to the Nursing dept. only to find out that there was a waiting list of about 30 students ALL of whom had a better GPA than I did. She basically told me there was no hope of me getting in this yr. I had finished ALL my req. except Microbiology.

    I had to go home and tell my 4 children and my husband that I didn't make it. It was really HARD to tell my 16 y/o girl, 12, 11 and 8 y/o boys that Mommy had failed. My semester GPA was 2.6 my Cummulative GPA was 2.8. They require a GPA of 2.7. [semester]


    I have always taught my children that if you try hard enough you can do whatever you try. Now I was living proof that it wasn't true.

    I decided to put it in God's hands, becuase sometimes I honestly think that I am possessed by Satan. He does what he can to discourage me and wear me down., trying to convince me that I am a worthless, no good, can't have the golden ring type person. GRRRRR He makes me soooooo mad.

    On Tuesday May 12, 2003 I went back to the Nursing office to see about taking a 1 yr. program in Surg. Tech. I figured, I had to keep taking classes so I may as well take classes that would relate to nursing. I checked with the director and she told me I had a spot in the program in the Fall. I cried right in front of her and Thanked God immediately!!

    So now I am TERRIFIED!! Is Intermediate algebra really needed? Or is that a 'weed out' class?

    I also know that in the ADN program an 80% in a C.

    My schedule is Monday I am in clinicals Tuesday and Thursday I am in Lecture and Wednesday I am in Lab. It is an 8 hr. class

    I have sooooo many questions and don't even know where to begin.

    I am 42 y/o have had some medical training. Advanced first aid 25 yrs ago and a Basic EMT 2 yrs ago. I LOVE medicine but am really afraid of the math!!

    Can you all help?

    Sorry this is sooooo long!

    In His Grace,
  7. by   RNIAM
    Congratulations and you will do great. If you know math is your weakness then prepare by doing alot of math. You can find all kinds of calculation questions online. The best way to handle math is to do alot of it. Take care and good luck!
  8. by   LeesieBug
    I wonder how they look at your grades when you are applying for a masters program? I want to get my masters eventually....anyone know do they look at your nursing school grades or what?
    At our university, to be admitted to MSN program you need:
    Proof of malpractice insurance.
    RN license (no kidding?!)
    3 letters of reference
    Write a 300 word essay

    As far as GPA, if you have under a 3.0 you have to take a test (Graduate Record Examination-GRE) and receive an acceptable score.

    Sounds like a pain in the butt to me! I'm sure the requirements vary state-to-state and school-to-school, but this gives you an idea of the kind of things they look for in Masters Program applicants.
  9. by   StinkyMcStinker
    Grades are not allways an indicator of how you will be able to actually PERFORM as a nurse, MEMORIZING the material and APPLYING the material are not the same. Being a "B" student myself, and having been working in the field since 1988, I feel that I perform well at what I do, better than some others that have been better students than myself.
  10. by   mother/babyRN
    Had a D in chemistry my freshman year. Hated math....Did ok in clinical, english and the like...Was not an amazing A dynamo...Wanted to quit, more than once, until my dad asked me if I thought a person who was alone, in pain or dying holding my hand would ever even consider asking me my grade average. They want to know you are there for them. Try the best you can, forgive yourself if you don't get the most spectacular grades as long as you do the best you can AND recall that despite all those hurdles, in my case, I gave the graduating speech, because it was NOT based on grades, but content and feeling......
  11. by   mother/babyRN
    A Bag of Tools...
    By Ray Sharpe....

    Isn't it strange
    that princes and kings,
    and clowns that caper
    in sawdust rings
    and common people
    like you and me,
    are builders for eternity?
    Each is given a bag of tools,
    a shapeless mass,
    a book of rules,
    and each must make,
    ere life is flown,
    a stumbling block
    or a steppingstone...

    My dad sent this poem along from an ancient book during the time I was seriously contemplating that I might not be the best nurse because of my chemistry dilema...He gave me the above advice and a copy of this poem...I recited it during that speech I mentioned it and referred to it so often over the last 22 years, that I know it by heart, or hopefully so...Don't worry...Just do the best you can....
  12. by   giggles66
    Hello,

    I am a B, C student I have had to withdraw from classes and retake them. I know when I decided to go to college and try for nursing school that I would struggle academically, because of my educational background. I would love to get all A's, and I say congrats to anyone who can get A's whether they work hard at it or not. I try to focus on the nursing schools requirements and the GPA that is required for entry into their program. along with trying to prepare myself psychologically and physically for the demands of the nursing program. I figure why stress myslf out now? Why not save it when I am going to really be stressed. Hey, I am 37 and I say god bless me if I get through nursing school barely passing. At least I would have made it. God bless and Good luck to all of you.

    Carmen
    Last edit by giggles66 on Jun 4, '03
  13. by   maire
    Originally posted by mother/babyRN
    A Bag of Tools...
    By Ray Sharpe....

    Isn't it strange
    that princes and kings,
    and clowns that caper
    in sawdust rings
    and common people
    like you and me,
    are builders for eternity?
    Each is given a bag of tools,
    a shapeless mass,
    a book of rules,
    and each must make,
    ere life is flown,
    a stumbling block
    or a steppingstone...

    My dad sent this poem along from an ancient book during the time I was seriously contemplating that I might not be the best nurse because of my chemistry dilema...He gave me the above advice and a copy of this poem...I recited it during that speech I mentioned it and referred to it so often over the last 22 years, that I know it by heart, or hopefully so...Don't worry...Just do the best you can....
    I copied this, I hope you don't mind. It's great. Thank you for sharing!

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