Grades............what a subject!! I can see all sides.
1. Those that graduate, putting as little effort into it as possible.
2. Those that graduate, giving up almost everything in their lives to do the best they can do.
3. Those that graduate, pass, but really don't care how they got there.
While graduating from any nursing program is a feat in and of itself, it is a sad state of circumstances when a person does it just because "mom and dad made me go to college", or it was paid for by one of our great government institutions (making it free education), and put as little effort into it as possible.
I got really aggravated this last semester because, like allot of non-traditional students, it took every ounce of energy and time I could muster to get the grades I did. Giving up time with my family and friends.
We had a study group that started out one day per week ( for A&PII) and ended at 3 times per week. There were exactly 3 students that started and stuck with the study group. Then there were those students that decided in the last week that their grade was too low and had better get busy (they were too busy with their social life to care). They showed up the last two days and expected us to "teach" them all that they had blown off because they were too busy to study.
There were also those students that thought they could cheat their way through the classes, instead of doing the mature thing and joining the study group early or asking for tutoring help.
I guess what I am saying here is to have goals (both personal and professional) come with greater force as maturity and life experience come along. To say that GPA's don't mean anything when it comes to nursing in the field is wrong! I never really thought about it until I started school, but now I think back to when I had major surgery, and now I could probably pick out the nurses who worked very hard at their GPA while in school, and those that had mediocre grades and really didn't care anything about it. It is very apparent in the actions and abilities of these nurses. Patients CAN tell the difference, by actions of the professionals that are their caretakers when they are down and out. It DOES make a difference in the care you will deliver when you graduate and start working in the field, even if you are never asked again what your GPA was!!!!