I've probably just lost it all.... - page 3

by Nolander 7,246 Views | 65 Comments

So I just "completed" my first semester in my ADN program, a fundamentals of nursing class. It's a NINE (9!!!!) credit hour class and I got a C in it 1 point away from a B. I am a 4.0 student, you can only imagine what this has... Read More


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    Quote from Nolander
    So I just "completed" my first semester in my ADN program, a fundamentals of nursing class. It's a NINE (9!!!!) credit hour class and I got a C in it 1 point away from a B. I am a 4.0 student, you can only imagine what this has done to my GPA. I would like to think I would be able to get into a master's program sometime in the future (NP, PA, CRNA) but now it seems like that is something I will have to rethink because I know they want competitive GPAs for programs like that. And due to the structure of my program, someone getting an A in one of the nursing courses would be like seeing a unicorn on any given day. Should I drop and pursue another path, or just complete the program living by the phrase "C = Nurse" and accept my fate?
    I think you need to crawl before you walk. I think you need to focus at the task on hand, nursing school, and after reading your past posts...........don't be concerned over who does LP punctures and to whom you hand the specimen over to, concentrate on becoming a nurse.

    If that is what you REALLY want to be. I see your career path mentions many POST graduate goals, all of them the highest paying of the profession, but you have to roll over before you crawl and master crawling before you can walk....So focus on the present. Besides there are plenty more tests to take before you are accepted to a masters program even after you graduate a nurse. You have to be a nurse in a critical care area fro at least 2 years before you can be a CRNA. Focus on the present.

    One "C" in ONE nursing course will not end your career. If you are pretty close from graduating high school........this is the real world. A good GPA is important but not the end of the world. College is harder than many imagine and nursing school even harder. A good nurse is not ALL about grades. It's about perseverance, resiliency, honesty, MATURITY and hard work. You need to get a grip (and I mean that in ONLY a loving way). You are allowed to feel bad.......for one weekend. You have been asking this question for a while. Get a hold of yourself, stop the pity party, learn for your mistakes, develop a better plan. Learn from what you did wrong.

    My niece was doing this. She was SO accustom to getting straight "A's" in high school. High school was easy for her......when she went to college everything changed. She would jump to once major after another, never trying hard for one thing just because she got a "C" she was a flunkie failure. I finally told her to put her big girl panties on! That this is real life not high school and not everybody wins........you have to work real hard for what you really want. That things worth having are worth fighting for and won't be easy. Our family saying is "Buck up, hush up, move on, do better".

    Nursing school will change the way you think. We "critical think" which means we are looking for the worst case scenario so we can anticipate our plan of action......and perform flawlessly so the worse case scenario never occurs. Nursing demands perfection because if we screw up someone could die. The Titanic sunk because they didn't think of the worse case scenario could ever happen and then they didn't have a plan to survive.

    Now.....get up, put one foot in front of the next and get ready for next year. Maybe take some courses over Th summer if it will lighted you course load in the fall. Come here if you are struggling and let us help you.

    Good Luck.
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    Just like any other academic program, there are more and less competitive graduate programs. Your focus should be on safely learning the material and improvement. If you panic every time your grades are less than perfect, you are creating unnecessary stress.
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    Quote from jennys77

    All I'm saying is, a's are the exception, not the norm, once you take away grade inflation.
    yeah but not every nurse is a CRNA, not the norm. CRNA's from what I've heard are usually the exception, those that excelled in both their grades as a nurse.
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    Instead of obsessing about grad school when you haven't even completed your second semester in nursing school, you should be directing your energies at what you need to do to insure you get A's next semester, if you don't want another C. Up to you.
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    yeah but this is a 9 credit hour class. So it's basically like 3 C's at once
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    Quote from jennys77
    What do you call a nurse that got C's in college? --- "nurse"

    All I'm saying is, a's are the exception, not the norm, once you take away grade inflation.
    I think the main problem is --- there really isn't any grade inflation in nursing programs & this is very challenging for students coming out of pre-req classes where grade inflation is a fact of life. Once you are in nursing, not only has the bar been raised, in terms of what 'score' = what letter grade, but "success" is based on standardized criteria rather than group norms. It can be a very difficult transition

    As far as the OP's worry about grad school & GPA... For most grad programs, the entry exam (GRE, MAT, etc) is given just as much weight as the GPA. And - if you're applying for entrance into a specialty MSN (CNM, NP, etc) your experience will be a huge issue. Most CRNA programs around here require at least 2 years of full time experience in a high level ICU environment.

    Bottom line? jennys77 is correct but with rare exceptions... nurses with C-level undergrad GPAs probably won't ever be called 'advanced practitioner'.
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    One grade in one course (even if it is heavily weighted) does not a career make -- or break. If you end up with a C average, yes, that will hurt you. But one C will have very little effect, assuming you address your problems and improve your grades in the subsequent semesters.

    You are a long way from grad school and there are a lot of things you need to accomplish between now and then. If you do well on those things, you will be given serious consideration for graduate school. But there are never any guarantees, even for those with 4.0's. The people who succeed in the long run are those that see the situation as a "long run" and are able to weather the ups and downs along the way.

    I got some C's in my senior year of college -- and now have a PhD from a well-respected nursing school. Where there's a will, there's a way.

    Good luck.
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    Whoa.

    First of all one of the people who inspired me to be a nurse was my NP for five years. She told me, "Crazed you'll do fine in nursing school. I was pretty much a straight C student because I had no idea how to study."

    I finished my fundamental course with a B. There is way more to grad school than just a GPA. Grad schools want to invest in students they can see being leaders.

    A leader is not defined by a 4.0.

    Seriously calm down and think about how many empty seats you saw on your last day and congratulate yourself on passing.

    And you said you're an ADN student? Okay you still have all the theory classes and whatnot for the BSN and have plenty of time to bring up your GPA.

    As an aside, I know a woman who finished her degree in psychology with a 3.9 GPA, and is a member of MENSA.

    Six grad schools turned her down.

    I'd rather see a patient laugh than a 4.0. /shrug.
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    Quote from Nolander
    I am interested in both. I just know that graduate admissions commissions won't want to hear my sob story on how I barely passed nursing school yet have the gall to believe I deserve to be a CRNA/NP/PA.
    Because im so sure you are the only one in that boat once you reach that level.... Hang in there....
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    @nolander I don't think your listening to your fellow colleagues on this forum. Do you want someone to tell you your right, you blew your shot at CRNA? Instead of justifying yourself how about you quit your griping and make your grades next semester. There is a lot of great advice on here for you.
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