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How do you feel about the statement in the title?I am a second term nursing student. Not the super star straight A student, usually B student. I have never been surrounded by so many type A, super competitive people in my life... Read More

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    I personally have never been asked for a GPA, just proof of licensure. I can understand that in the last couple of years employers are looking for any way to plow through dozens of applications and maybe GPA would help them cull the apps. From what I know, GPA is only important if one has aspirations for advanced practice, otherwise, C=pass. My personal experience with my fellow nursing students was that GPA had nothing to do with floor skills. The only person in my class not to pass NCLEX on the 1st attempt had average nursing course grades (B's) and above average clinical skills. She passed on her 2nd attempt.

    I am enrolled in BSN classes (with no aspirations for higher degrees) and it's hard to remember that a C is all I really need.

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    Quote from TiffyRN
    I personally have never been asked for a GPA, just proof of licensure. I can understand that in the last couple of years employers are looking for any way to plow through dozens of applications and maybe GPA would help them cull the apps. From what I know, GPA is only important if one has aspirations for advanced practice, otherwise, C=pass. My personal experience with my fellow nursing students was that GPA had nothing to do with floor skills. The only person in my class not to pass NCLEX on the 1st attempt had average nursing course grades (B's) and above average clinical skills. She passed on her 2nd attempt. I am enrolled in BSN classes (with no aspirations for higher degrees) and it's hard to remember that a C is all I really need.
    As much as I would like to go to grad school in the distant future, I think having straight B's will be a major disadvantage.
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    I totally think you can be an awesome nurse with Bs! (I'm a 2 semester SN too). However, I think trying really hard and still getting Bs or Cs is VERY different from people who live by the mantra 78=RN while in nursing school... You know, the people who study just enough to make the 78-80 grades so they can move on to the next semester and eventually graduate. Like getting mediocre grades is great if you're busting your tail and doing your best, but it really bothers me when people put in just barely enough and stay mostly focused the more fun areas of their lives. Yes, everyone should have fun but I know as a pt, I want a nurse who gave his/her all to learn about nursing, not the one who gave the bare minimum. Just my two cents... And these days I'm one of the ones who is trying soooooo hard for As (I've always been an A student) but I can't seem to get better than a 90 or 91 now... So flippin frustrating!!!! Ps good luck in school :-)
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    Quote from theprincessbride
    how do you feel about the statement in the title?i am a second term nursing student. not the super star straight a student, usually b student. i have never been surrounded by so many type a, super competitive people in my life and tbh, it can be very off putting to be in that type of environment all the time.i have come to accept the fact that i will never be the a student and have become comfortable with less. what is your take on straight c or b students entering nursing? what is your take on students who try hard but don't make a's?have employers made a big deal out of your gpa?
    if it's any consolation once you graduate no one will ask you for your gpa, furthermore, a nurse is still a nurse even if they pass with a c or a , the same goes for doctors
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    In my program - C does not equal nurse. Anything less than 80% is not passing.
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    I don't care if you have a few C's. The only thing I do care about is that nurses pass Pharmacology with an A or B, however. I will not let someone who cannot perform basic math give meds to my loved ones, heaven forbid.

    I know what you mean about those "Type A" people. I have a great GPA, but I don't let myself get competitive with people. It's a toxic environment that's created, and it benefits no one.
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    Bring them on. I was a "B" student. There is more to nursing than what you just learn in school.
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    I once had an instructor that would never give A's, because she said "if you get A's that means you know everything and you have it all down. You DO NOT have it all down, you DO NOT know everything."
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    I was an A student, till nursing school! Now I'm a B student, but I work my butt off for those B's!
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    Hahahha Sorry but I am mostly an A student pharm so far was my worse grade.. Still doesn't say much, we had drug calc in fund. and I got 100% on every single one. I feel completely competent when passing med's, and this is because as with everything in nursing it is constantly repeated in every class. Maybe I struggled with cardiac drugs during pharm but then when I researched in 1st clinical, 2nd clinical, med/surg 1, and med/surg 2 and so on and on you KNOW them. I feel okay to be cared for by any nurse that progresses through an accreditted nursing program and graduates, passes the NCLEX, and gets hired and then makes it through hospital/floor training.


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