GPA's! Do You Care? - page 4
NOW, how many of you admit that your GPA really does matter. Even if it just to you. Myself. I am guilty. I did not apply myself in HS in 89' and I was at the bottom of the barrel, which was my... Read More
Aug 3, '03GPA has been very important to me but as with most things I try to keep it in a meaningful perspective. I am entering nursing school this September as a VERY LATE career change (turning 54), having had to close my business last year (not by choice) and essentially begin a new life (professionally and financially) from scratch. Returning to school this late in life and being the oldest student in the class (by a long stretch) provided a certain degree of angst. I worked through all of the available pre/co-requisites (A&P 1 and 2, Microbiology, Nutrition and Sociology) while dealing with the fallout of closing the business and trying to earn an interim income. Having maintained a 4.0 has allowed me to feel good about myself during a difficult time of self-doubt.
At a more realistic level GPA provides a reasonable yardstick for each of us to evaluate our study habits and our ability to comprehend the information being presented. On the other hand a great GPA does not mean that one will become a competent and successful RN. I've known brilliant people who could learn facts by rote but lacked the ability to formulate a logical course of action based on those facts. Intelligent people that completely lacked any sense of compassion or empathy for their fellow man.
Becoming a competent and effective health professional requires a blending of many personality traits/characteristics. The achievement of an adequate GPA merely means that we have the academic ability to understand the facts required for a firm foundation. How we refine and utilize that foundation will determine how effective we will be as RN's.
Aug 3, '03Originally posted by RN2B052004
I think your GPA will increase in importance as you get into the nursing program. The reason is I was the same way when I first started college I wasnt too interested in GE courses. However when I got into my major of nursing I absolutely loved every class. So I was determined to do good. When something is more important to you then you tend to strive harder.