God love ya peaceful! I don't think there is such a thing as putting in too much effort for school. Those NCLEX books will help you a lot, believe me. It is definitely not too much to set your goals for A's. It's great to have high aspirations, and high expectations. Just avoid being hard on yourself if you're unable to acheive the goal you set. It is okay to not quite reach our goals sometimes too, you know? I know from another post that you aspire to graduate with honors, and I just want to say "You go Girl!" Don't let people put you off from that. You can do it, and I don't think it is asking too much of yourself.
Now, about what you said Rn2BinMaine, please allow me to say UGH....if it doesn't matter whether we have good grades or just get by, then why are some of us busting our butts to get good grades? I must admit that I am easily offended by remarks such as these, because I have busted my rear end for the past years to get the grades I've gotten, and it always seems to be people that haven't acheived some of their goals, or who didn't set goals, that want to tell those of us that are that our goals really don't matter. I guess that maybe you are right. I guess that I could just skate through college unfettered by concern over my level of achievement. I could spend the next year, my last year of the program, turning in mediocre work and just meeting the GPA requirements by the skin of my teeth. Then, in the spring of 2002, I could step up at commencement to receive my degree for my lackluster though tolerable performance - the same degree that I'd receive if I were an over-achiever. I guess I could do that. Even that would be an accomplishment, wouldn't it? I mean, here I am - a mother of three young children, a young woman struggling to put herself through college, a former high school drop-out who could very easily have wound up with nothing and could just as easily have been nothing. Wouldn't it be a success story whether I gave 100% or not? Wouldn't just the fact that I graduated be enough?
Okay. . . so maybe it wouldn't be the best thing. Maybe it would mean that I didn't care enough about my future patients to be as knowledgeable as I could be. Maybe it would mean that I'd never get admitted to graduate school, and my career might never reach the heights of my dreams. Maybe failing to make my university experience as fruitful as possible would mean that I squandered the great blessing God has given me. Maybe it would mean that my children would learn that there is an acceptable level of inferiority, and as long as they skate by everything will be fine.
Now please understand me. I am not saying that anything less than all A's is unsatisfactory. I am saying that you owe it to your future patients, as well as to yourself, to give nursing school
your best effort, to give it an A in effort. If you can honestly look back and say that you deserve an A in effort, that is all I'm talking about.
BTW, college performance does matter in the real world too. This summer I had a few job interviews, and I was asked at each and every one what my GPA is. Many of the hospitals in this area also require you to submit your grade slip at the end of every semester if they are employing you while you are a student nurse. Additionally, you're undergraduate GPA becomes an important factor if you decide to apply for a graduate program. Getting accepted to some of these programs is an exceptionally competative endeavor, and having a high GPA will definitely help your chances.