Quote from Stephalump
For my intents and purposes, internship does equal job. Our med center has realized it's cheaper and easier to hire and train all their new grads at once, so I GN residencies are turning into the only way to get a job in that area. Two shots. Once in Jan and once in June. Based on GPA and HESI scores.
We also have a competitive entry to our linked BSN program. Limited spots and, once again, must have a 3.0 minimum.
Then of course, there's the competition of graduate school.
I'm glad there are ways around the typical GPA/exit score stuff, because I don't believe grades necessarily reflect the ability of the student. And I agree, competitiveness between students doesn't really serve any purpose. It isn't a basketball...I don't get to go on the defensive when classmates are testing to try to stop them from scoring points. A united class is much healthier.
But I think passing on this C=RN, grades don't matter attitude is harmful. It's nice that some people can charm/network their way through their career, but not everyone can, and people out there do pay real consequences for poor grades. Not even being considered at hospitals they dream of working at, not being able to pass the NCLEX, not getting into grad school, etc.
We should be encouraging people to do their absolute best and learn as much as they can. If their best is As, they won't regret it. If their best is Cs, they shouldn't regret it.
Can agree with your viewpoint
especially your last point.
I say grades don't matter, because there are people who are dyslexic, ADHD, etc who may be the best, most brilliant nurses out there, and may have gotten C grades, yet passed their boards the first time, while the A student needs to retake it over.
I am a survivor of DV who had PTSD with (former) test anxiety. I didn't pass ADN school. Became a LPN, passed NCLEX the first time. Returned to RN school (BSN this time), quoted GPA already, passed the boards the first time.
I am aware of my "quirks" where my GPA turned south because of real s/s I was dealing with at the time, and had no access to healthcare...Those were situations out of my control, however, have not stopped me in completion of my goals.
When I say grades don't matter, I'm speaking to our teammates who do have struggles and are affected in some way, and could not get to those opportunities, but go there in their own way, and yet, they may be the best CNO or CEO that you may work for, or blaze a trail in helping our profession, you just never know.
Off my soapbox I go...sorry to hijack the thread!