B honest, how many B or C students are out there? - page 8

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   leslieRN2B
    The first semester of nursing school I got all A's, but that has since changed! Now I am a solid B student and proud of it! I don't stress over not getting an A anymore. Nursing school is tough and I am happy to get a 75 or above on a test. I am proud to say that I have never failed a nursing test (below 75) knock on wood! Look at this way..C=RN..but not that I don't try to do better.
  2. by   LauraLou
    To get into the nursing program here, you have to be an A student. I think it is a shame because there are a lot of people who would make great nurses but have children and jobs and are unable to make all A's.

    I am married with no children. My husband is supporting us while I'm in school and I have no daycare problems, sick kids or family obligations to interfere with my study time. It's no wonder I have a 4.0.

    Once you are in the program it doesn't matter if you are an A or B student, but the competition to get in has raised the minimum GPA for the spring semester to a 3.77.

    I don't think I'm any smarter or more hardworking than those people who weren't accepted, I just have a lot more time to focus on schoolwork.
  3. by   sabRN2b05
    Wow LauraLou,

    Talk about a tough nursing program! Is it an ADN program or BSN?

    You are fortunate to not have to work and have a husband who can financially support you while you are in school. Unfortunately, that option is not available for most people. Nowadays, it takes two incomes to get a household by. It's definitely hard when there are other obligations (jobs, kids, spouse, etc) outside of school. Consider yourself a lucky person!! Good luck and look forward to hearing from you again.
  4. by   Mr_D
    Originally posted by marilynmom
    I just wanted to make one more comment about this. I am a 4.0 student but at the BSN you have to have a *MINIMUM* of a 3.5 for them even to LOOK at your application for nursing school. So most of us trying to get in know we HAVE to make As to even GET into nursing school. Its very competitive here (well a lot of places are). So some of us may be talking about our grades cause for us they are the end all be all or we wont be getting into the nursing program at all.
    I went into Chemistry and Microbiology determined to get 'A's b/c it's the Fall semester grades that are reviewed for BSN program next year. I have an 'A' average in Micro and think I can maintain it. I literally have ulcers trying to squeak out a 'B' in Chemistry.

    It looks like no matter how hard I try, I'm not going to make it.

    It's been the most demoralizing class experience I've ever had -- and I already have a BA. My teacher is right out of grad school -- and I get the impression she's leaving for full-time mom next year. This is a temp job for her! She is busting our chops and in some wierd power trip mentality appears willing to fail large number of students. The joke when we walk into the classroom (before she arrives) is "Welcome back to Hell". We have a 63 average in the class -- she announced last class don't count on any curve -- b/c she's averaging the grades of ALL her Chem I classes together. (WHAT!!?? -- that's not on the syllabus!) I wish I could say I was learning a lot of Chemistry -- that's not the case. I hope for future students she doesn't return to the classroom. I can't believe I've run into a buzzsaw like this while working on JUST prereqs -- I kick myself for not withdrawing (hindsight).

    Anyway -- after telling one of the nursing school advisors that I won't have a 4.0 in the fall, and that I may make a 'C' in Chemistry, she paused, and asked if I was applying to several schools. Pass the extra-strength Maalox.

    I'm really having to lean on my support system at this moment to keep up the intense studying for this class. One more test and one final to go. It's really hard.

    thx,
  5. by   RN_2_B_5/2004
    During my first semester in Nursing School, my instructor told us a story about her roomate while she was in nursing school. Her roomate was a 4.0 perfect student all the way through, but......after graduation, she just couldn't handle the 1:1 patient contact and could not perform as a nurse. Within 2 months, her roomate was out of nursing and moving on to another field. This person did not have the common sense to go with her perfect GPA. My point is.....you can have the best grades in the world and it won't matter, what matters is do you have what it takes to be a "real nurse"??? Whether you are a C or an A student, it does not reflect on how well you grasp being a nurse, it reflects how well you can take the tests.

    For all of you that are wondering, I have a 3.45 GPA, but I have many classmates that have a 2.0 and I would gladly welcome any one of them as my nurse.
  6. by   LauraLou
    Originally posted by sabRN2b05
    Wow LauraLou,
    Talk about a tough nursing program! Is it an ADN program or BSN?
    It's an ADN program at the community college. It is actually easier to get into a BSN program. Because of the difference in money and time, more people are interested in the 2 year programs.
    It's been the most demoralizing class experience I've ever had and I already have a BA. My teacher is right out of grad school.
    I have learned the hard way never to take a class from a professor just out of grad school. They are always so much harder and less flexible than more experienced profs. It's like they have something to prove.

    I am so sorry you are having such a terrible experience. I know how stressful it is when your dreams are riding on one class.

    Best wishes.
  7. by   giggles66
    Hello Everyone,

    I wish that I could get all A's My grade point average is at 2.3 which is about just a c. I really want to bring my average up to at least a 3.0 How do I do that? I really envy those of you who can get A's. I need at least a 3.0 to even be considered for an RN program. Does anyone out there have any ideas on how I can bring my GPA up, please let me know. Thanks

    Carmen
  8. by   Dublin37
    Originally posted by LauraLou
    To get into the nursing program here, you have to be an A student. Once you are in the program it doesn't matter if you are an A or B student, but the competition to get in has raised the minimum GPA for the spring semester to a 3.77.
    I don't think I'm any smarter or more hardworking than those people who weren't accepted, I just have a lot more time to focus on schoolwork.
    Doesn't your CC have 2 lists to get in? One by GPA (or points based on GPA) and the other by time? (You know, reapplying each semester until you get in.) Our Com. College does both. You have to have at least a C average to get in, but you will eventually get in. It might take 2 or 3 yrs. but you will get in.

    I have gotten C's in all my Science classes, but they don't even look at my GPA in the other courses. I already have a previous BA too, but that doesn't help me either. I will start next fall, pretty much by the waiting method. I have a hsb and kids, and no job, so I've just had to be P A T I E N T ! I'm almost 42, so I'll be darn-near ancient once I'm done! :chuckle But hey, I figure I'll be ancient anyway, so why not.

    My favorite phrase through all my pre-reqs has been, "Inch by inch everythings a cinch, yard by yard, everythings hard" I saw it on a T-shirt once, and it stuck with me, and has helped me hang in there. I hope those "A" programs have a back door for folks like me, because I think I can be an amazing nurse, even without those dang A's!

    Heather
  9. by   LauraLou
    Originally posted by Dublin37
    Doesn't your CC have 2 lists to get in? One by GPA (or points based on GPA) and the other by time? (You know, reapplying each semester until you get in.)
    No, admissions is strictly by GPA. There is no waiting list. If you are not accepted you have to apply again the next semester. They suggest you retake classes to bring up your GPA.
  10. by   ShelleyERgirl
    Originally posted by RN2be
    memphispandaIn our school the instructors have a saying C means continue!
    Awesome grades! You should be so happy with your accomplishments!!!

    kats
    Congrats on the great effort! When do you graduate?
    Hey, my instructors say the same thing! I am just finishing up my first quarter in an ADN program and let me tell you I am happy to say I should have a nice solid "B" average and I am damn proud! We have to get at least a 76 in the course or we don't move on the next quarter. We have already lost several people and will lose more once we take our final next week. I hopefully will not be one of those people!
  11. by   jnette
    Originally posted by navynurse29
    We have already lost several people and will lose more once we take our final next week. I hopefully will not be one of those people!

    You'd better be hitting those books, my Friend ~~~

    We'll not HAVE any of that kind of talk ! :kiss
  12. by   ShelleyERgirl
    Hey girl! Hitting em? I practically have the darn things surgically attached to my body! I am going to get there my friend, I promise!
  13. by   sabRN2b05
    My point exactly! A=RN; B=RN; C=RN
    Doesn't matter as long as you get out of nursing school and pass the NCLEX.

    I have classmates who don't do very well on our tests, but their clinical skills are great.

    It's not the cards you're dealt in life, it's how you play the game!





    My point is.....you can have the best grades in the world and it won't matter, what matters is do you have what it takes to be a "real nurse"??? Whether you are a C or an A student, it does not reflect on how well you grasp being a nurse, it reflects how well you can take the tests.

    For all of you that are wondering, I have a 3.45 GPA, but I have many classmates that have a 2.0 and I would gladly welcome any one of them as my nurse.

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