Diminishing GPA? Do you care? - page 2

"C=RN". It seems that lately I'm hearing this equation more and more. Before I got accepted into nursing school I was a straight "A" honors student with a perfect 4.00 GPA. But, since I started... Read More

  1. by   dansamy
    Check, check, and check again! It's just too dangerous not to triple check.
  2. by   Betty_SPN_KS
    I got all A's first semester. I know I didn't last semester, though I haven't yet seen my final grades. It's just harder than regular classes. It's just different.

    I remember one instructor telling of a girl who was used to getting all A's. When she got a C she wanted to drop out. The instructor asked her why, and she said she didn't want to hurt her GPA. The instructor said that's not a good reason to want to be a nurse.
  3. by   Carolanne
    Quote from Betty_SPN_KS
    I got all A's first semester. I know I didn't last semester, though I haven't yet seen my final grades. It's just harder than regular classes. It's just different.

    I remember one instructor telling of a girl who was used to getting all A's. When she got a C she wanted to drop out. The instructor asked her why, and she said she didn't want to hurt her GPA. The instructor said that's not a good reason to want to be a nurse.
    Excellent point. Nursing courses are a different animal indeed. We're not just digesting what is given us in lecture and spitting it back at test time. We're developing critical thinking skills, prioritizing, etc. It's a whole different set of rules and way of thinking things out. Thanks for making this point.
  4. by   HyperRNRachel
    I have just added two B's to my once perfect 4.0. Do I care? No not now. I started out thinking I could keep my 4.0 and would be happy stuck in my books and ignoring the other students in my class. I have since realized that part of becoming a nurse is not all about book knowledge. It is about learning to lean on your friends, spreading yourself between school, family, and freinds and absorbing some of the traits of the profession that are not learned from reading a book. Traits such as forgetting what you know and doing what your heart tells you, laughing at yourself, and putting your own wants of having an A on hold in order to help someone whom may not make it because of their C average. I would love to be able to do all those things and keep an A, but I do not have that ability as of yet. Maybe one day I will. My new goal is to keep all A's and B's and keep developing those incredible relationships I have missed out on in the past. At my funeral nobody will comment on my grade point average, but I can be assured my friends will be able to talk about our good times while in nursing schooland what an incredible nurse I was for hours and hours......that is what it is all about.
  5. by   gij1
    Quote from Carolanne
    Well, I was to be pinned on Wednesday but I failed cardiac nursing by one point and got a C- for the course. So I would have been pinned if I got that C, but it's okay. Things happen for a reason. I also was a B+ student until I hit the last semester of nursing. So I'm taking it over again in the fall (it's only a 7 week course) and for now I'm going to be an LPN at the hospital where I very much want to work. I look at it as more experience and seasoning in the meantime, and hopefully I'll be a better and more knowledgeable nurse in the end.
    You have a great attitude! You will go far in your career.

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