Letter Grades for Clinical?

  1. Okay, I really need to vent about something. I just finished my Pediatrics clinical and really enjoyed it. I had a great clinical instructor, and had no problems with her. Until she gave me a 'B' in clinical. The reason: I need to be more assertive. Yes, yes, my paperwork is excellent, I am a caring person, hardworking, etc, but I need to be more assertive. She told one of my friends the same exact thing and she ended up with an 'A'. Huh?? Which leads me to my point......how the heck can you put a letter grade on clinical? Especially when you have 5 days on the actual floor and your instructor is with you maybe 30 minutes of that time. :angryfire

    Does anyone else get letter grades for clinical, and if so, what do you think about that?
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  3. by   michw2
    Quote from JenNJFLCA
    Okay, I really need to vent about something. I just finished my Pediatrics clinical and really enjoyed it. I had a great clinical instructor, and had no problems with her. Until she gave me a 'B' in clinical. The reason: I need to be more assertive. Yes, yes, my paperwork is excellent, I am a caring person, hardworking, etc, but I need to be more assertive. She told one of my friends the same exact thing and she ended up with an 'A'. Huh?? Which leads me to my point......how the heck can you put a letter grade on clinical? Especially when you have 5 days on the actual floor and your instructor is with you maybe 30 minutes of that time. :angryfire

    Does anyone else get letter grades for clinical, and if so, what do you think about that?
    We don't have letter grades ours are just pass or fail
  4. by   z's playa
    Yeah us too. Its either S for pass or U for fail.

    (satisfactory or unsatisfactory)

    Z
  5. by   Nurse2B2005
    Quote from JenNJFLCA
    Okay, I really need to vent about something. I just finished my Pediatrics clinical and really enjoyed it. I had a great clinical instructor, and had no problems with her. Until she gave me a 'B' in clinical. The reason: I need to be more assertive. Yes, yes, my paperwork is excellent, I am a caring person, hardworking, etc, but I need to be more assertive. She told one of my friends the same exact thing and she ended up with an 'A'. Huh?? Which leads me to my point......how the heck can you put a letter grade on clinical? Especially when you have 5 days on the actual floor and your instructor is with you maybe 30 minutes of that time. :angryfire

    Does anyone else get letter grades for clinical, and if so, what do you think about that?
    Our school gives pass/fail as well. At first, in the beginning of nursing school, I didn't understand why we didn't get letter grades, but going through the program it started to make sense to me. Either you have your stuff together, or you don't, is the way I guess the instructor's look at it, and that's why they can't give us a true letter grade. Plus, even though they are on the floor with us, the actual face time with them is about 20 minutes, if that, a day. Sorry about your frustrations. Hang in there though.
  6. by   landonsles
    We get letter grades and pass/fail. First you either pass or fail. Then you get a letter grade based upon your paperwork. We had two concept maps/data bases due (at 30% of our grade each). We had two teaching plans (at 5% each). Then we had a clinical exam worth 30%. We did have a ton of other paperwork, but we just got a checkmark for having done it (I am sure it counted toward the pass/fail).
    I think if a teacher is going to give a letter grade, it should be based upon hard data (tests and papers) and not what he/she thinks of you as a student ("you weren't assertive enough").
  7. by   JenNJFLCA
    I know!! I accept my grades in lecture because they are measurable!!
  8. by   jenrninmi
    Ours were pass or fail.
  9. by   mitchsmom
    That sucks... way too subjective! I'd be having a fit. We are pass/fail.
  10. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from JenNJFLCA
    Okay, I really need to vent about something. I just finished my Pediatrics clinical and really enjoyed it. I had a great clinical instructor, and had no problems with her. Until she gave me a 'B' in clinical. The reason: I need to be more assertive. Yes, yes, my paperwork is excellent, I am a caring person, hardworking, etc, but I need to be more assertive. She told one of my friends the same exact thing and she ended up with an 'A'. Huh?? Which leads me to my point......how the heck can you put a letter grade on clinical? Especially when you have 5 days on the actual floor and your instructor is with you maybe 30 minutes of that time. :angryfire

    Does anyone else get letter grades for clinical, and if so, what do you think about that?
    Ours was pass fail, and even our care plans were either satisfactory/unsatisfactory.
    You were only on the floor for five days???
  11. by   nursepotter05
    Ours were pass fail as well.
  12. by   NewEnglandRN
    Pass or Fail

    But, I did receive letter grades in Radiography clinical back in 1990.
  13. by   ProfRN4
    as a first time instructor, i evaluated my students today, and honestly, i think there should be something more than pass /fail (which is what our system is too). while i do agree it is not easy to put an actual value on someone's performance, i think those who are borderline passing should be differentiated from those who are exceptional. everyone in my group (as well as the entire pass) passed for clinical, but there is no doubt that some were much better than others. there is (at least should be) a difference between just passing and excellent.
  14. by   JenNJFLCA
    But, bonemarrowrn, I feel I was much better than a couple of people who were always doing things last minute and coming in late, yet still got higher grades than me......The exceptional students can be exceptional in the classroom--I just think clinical should be pass fail.

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