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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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    In my program 80% is a C. I work hard and get B's and C's, I study hard. I could study more and maybe I'd get A's. But I have a family and two young kids and I dont want to miss them growing up. I feel that spending a little more time with my family helps me relax and in turn helps me do better and tests.
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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?
    To be honest, only really elite hospitals like New York Presb, John Hopkins, Mass General, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, etc.. ask for GPA on their online application and chances are they wont hire you as a new grad anyways.
    If I were you, i would focus on sharpening my clinical skills versus worrying about grades. With so many online programs a B average is more then enough to continue ones education.
    Besides, you are there to be able to earn the opportunity to take your boards, not to make the honor role. As long as you understand what the nurse has to do....you will be set.
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    I have heard c=degree and c=continue quite a bit. I get that grades aren't everything, but I don't understand the people who only study enough to get that C. I'm shocked at the amount of people whose GOAL is to get a C. I must be a type A personality without knowing it, because I've always thought that you should try your best and try to learn it all or as much as possible and if you get a B or C, that is ok, because you put the effort in and you learned. However to study, just enough to pass and little more? I will never get it. *shrug*
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    There is a BIG difference between someone who tries to do their best but struggles a bit and earns a C -- learns from it and improves as a result of the experience ...... and someone whose goal is to perform at the bare minimum level required to pass.

    The person who is NOT satisfied with the C and uses the experience to grow and learn more is one I would want to work with. The person who IS satisfied with a C and does not aspire to do better is one that I don't want to work with and will not hire.

    The question is not whether or not you ever got a bad or mediocre grade. The questions are: How did you get it? How did you feel about? How did you react to it?
    ladylysis, mugglex, RN in training, and 3 others like this.
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    Quote from studentnurseCT
    We have two straight A students that are complete idiots at clinical. I've noticed that it's not uncommon to be tested on something before you experience it at clinical or can practice applying your knowledge for that subject. I think what you do is more important than your test grades.

    I just started a new rotation, one of the A students has no idea what is going on. So how was that A useful to anyone?

    I plan to get my MSN, in my area C does not = Grad school.
    Cheaters bug me. It's a major problem at my university's nursing school, with a lot of the undergrads taking tests out of the room and giving the answers to friends.
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    Quote from llg
    There is a BIG difference between someone who tries to do their best but struggles a bit and earns a C -- learns from it and improves as a result of the experience ...... and someone whose goal is to perform at the bare minimum level required to pass.The person who is NOT satisfied with the C and uses the experience to grow and learn more is one I would want to work with. The person who IS satisfied with a C and does not aspire to do better is one that I don't want to work with and will not hire.The question is not whether or not you ever got a bad or mediocre grade. The questions are: How did you get it? How did you feel about? How did you react to it?
    I agree with this. However, with so many people getting A's and almost always being a B student, my motivation has been shot and I can see why someone would give up and settle with a C.At my program, there are so many people who look down at the B and C students and people treat B's like they are the plaque.
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    Quote from snickers21
    I have heard c=degree and c=continue quite a bit. I get that grades aren't everything, but I don't understand the people who only study enough to get that C. I'm shocked at the amount of people whose GOAL is to get a C. I must be a type A personality without knowing it, because I've always thought that you should try your best and try to learn it all or as much as possible and if you get a B or C, that is ok, because you put the effort in and you learned. However to study, just enough to pass and little more? I will never get it. *shrug*
    I can't say I blame them. They seem to be happier and less stressed out than the A students and I am tempted to say, "screw it" and settle with a less than perfect grade.
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    Hospitals in my area are using new grads' GPA as part of consideration for internship & residency programs.
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    Here, too. As an ADN student, it is harder to get a job b/c I do think they are tougher on us (not saying BSN program is easier-just more spread out and maybe not as intense), we have to maintain a higher grade to stay in the program and the hospitals want the BSN students. I plan on getting mine, I just needed to get to work (a job) faster (missed the deadline for an ABSN program by a day). There are job opportunities here for ADN students, but we have some great hospitals that I think will not consider an ADN w/o a 4.0.
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    Employers have never shown any interest in my education or how I did gradepoint-wise, but they are quick to discuss my current job performance. As far as I'm concerned, getting by with a C average is fine if it gets the student what they want. Only problem is when they want to further their education and find that programs will not accept less than a 3.0 GPA. Then, the student might wish they had put forth more effort in their undergrad studies.


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