I have been on this site for a while and see that many people had a perfect 4.0 going into nursing school and its making me nervous because I am suppose to start in Aug. and dont have a 4.0 (its a 3.7). Does this mean that I wont do well in nursing school? Is there anyone out there that has done well in nursing school with a gpa lower than a 4.0?
Thanks for your replies
May 1, '13
by Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
I don't often get annoyed. Everyone has a right to their opinion and if it isn't going to be important in a hundred years it isn't worth the effort to get annoyed.
Well...............I'm slightly annoyed. (sigh)
I feel I need clarify the quality of my schooling......I have been a RN for 34 years. I did not just "regurgitate information" for an exam. When I went to nursing school we had theory, microbiology, gross anatomy, advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology....etc. We, too, had to do EXTENSIVE care plans that were intended to teach us how to use our brains and learn how to think laterally and critically....and we had to do them on EVERY PATIENT... EVERY CLINICAL.
When I went to college where my nursing program was housed....... we did NOT just regurgitate information for an exam. We actually utilized our knowledge on actual patients and not in a sim lab. When I graduated college I had placed many Foley's, IV's and NGT's as well as many other skills for we had extensive clinical requirements in addition to our academic studies.
It might have been called it learning how to "Think like a nurse"....but I was taught how to "think like a nurse"/use critical thinking skills to best care for my patients. This present generation is not unique in this model. It is my generation, using these critical thinking skills, that has brought this profession to where it is right now. Many patients have been cared for using these critical thinking skills to "figure out" what the patient needed for we lacked the technology that did it for us.
To imply anything less I feel is disrespectful and unprofessional. You (the collective you) have to know where you have been to know where you are going. I feel as a profession we need to learn from those that have vast experience and knowledge......to pay it forward...... it will be a shame when it is lost.
Nurses with experience are often accused of "eating their young....However, It is difficult to mentor, share our experience and vast knowledge to a new peer that is disrespectful and clearly not interested....only to be then accused of being mean and of being "nasty old bats".
One needs to give the respect they expect to receive.
OP....each school has their own system for "adjusting" the GPA. When I went to school we were not allowed to repeat a subject until we got the grade we wanted. Unfortunately...honors classes were NOT given any additional regard other than the letter H by the grade. Schools give points for experience in the field, prior schooling, volunteer hours so that the GPA of 4.0 appears to be common.
Not all of these candidates are straight A/4.0 students. Not all of them get perfect scores. MANY have repeated classes until they got the score they wanted. Even though nursing school is competitive right now........mostly due to the economy for everyone is flocking to the nursing profession and the non existent "shortage" and "guaranteed jobs" but also to the lucrative NP and CRNA degrees where the "big bucks are"......however, not everyone is a straight A student.
What has gone wrong that a 3.7 GPA is a bad thing.....I sit once again shaking my head.
Yes nursing school is difficult.... but these 4.0 GPA scores does not mean that everyone is a Rhodes Scholar.
You have been accepted to a program....CONGRATULATIONS! It is hard work but worth it in the end!
I wish you the best on your nursing journey!!!! Good Luck!!!!
Last edit by Esme12 on May 1, '13