Normal nursing grades.. - page 4

Hi everyone! So, I am wondering, what are typical grades for an average nursing student? I got a 94 on my first exam, then a 70 on the second one. Both count for 20% of your grade, and now after doing all the math, I need to... Read More

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    At my school, 77=pass, so they tell us 77 = RN. Of course as an overachiever I aim higher, I got all A's my first semester of nursing school but I will probably get 1 A and 2 B's this semester. Do your absolute best and don't get discouraged. Most people are just trying to stay afloat for the first year.

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    It just depends on the program. In mine you need an 80% or better to pass. The class average is 84%. There is nobody that is getting an A. We have about 40 students in our class and most of them had a very high GPAs going into the program. Our grades are 100% test scores only. We don't getting any credit for assignments or group projects. Our instructor said those non graded assignments are to help us learn :/ lol
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    In my school a C is failing. You have to have at least an 80% (B) to move on to the next class. Most students are high B's.

    Good luck to you. Just remember to do the best you can do!
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    I got all B's and A's in nursing school, but lots of classmates got C's as well. I graduated from a bachelors program with a 3.8 GPA, almost all A's, and about had a stroke when I got to nursing school and couldn't make an A to save my life. I didn't get a single A until my third semester! It frustrated me even more when I had classmates making straight A's and I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong. I only made four A's the entire program and was still selected for the Nursing Academic Achievement Award at graduation, go figure lol.
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    I asked a practicing nurse this question during my training at the hospital. He said that the people that freaked out about grades, and got "perfect" grades all through nursing school were actually less prepared than those who got through with Bs and Cs. Real life isn't the textbook, and real life isn't perfect. I told this to my CI, and she said the same thing, that the classmates of hers who got A's all through nursing school are no longer nurses. She said no one has ever asked her what her grade was in her first semester of nursing school. Even if you're thinking of advanced practice, the key there is going to be academic performance AND experience.
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    Quote from DawnCaprice
    In my school a C is failing. You have to have at least an 80% (B) to move on to the next class. Most students are high B's.

    Good luck to you. Just remember to do the best you can do!
    At my school an 80 is a C, and not a high C either! I've made all B's thus far, except one C in my second semester. I am a person who believes that you should strive for the best you can do.

    People say "C = RN", and I know why they say it, because it's true, not because they are lazy or lowering their standards.

    If a C is what you get after busting your tail all semester, getting sick before test, having life issues on your mind while studying then how dare anyone think that a C isn't good enough!

    I got all A's, B's, and one C during my prerequisites. As far as I'm concerned, C means competent and capable, so C are ok! I learned not to get too caught up in grades in nursing school. I know people want to go on into advanced practice (as I do), but the highest priority is getting through your initial licensure! I personally know some NP's, a PA, and a CNM that said in their initial degree or licensure they made a few C's, mostly B's, and Maybe an A. They had alphabet soup for grades and went on to be successful nurses/practitioners!
    Last edit by PatMac10,RN on Dec 9, '12
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    I tell you so many of you nursing students with all of your straight A's are like a deer in headlights once you do pass the NCLEX and hit the floor to actually put into action what you have been attempting to learn. Nobody really cares how many A's you have made, its all about getting through nursing school, and that personal satisfaction, but for what others think....FORGET ABOUT IT...
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    Quote from RN In FL
    Nobody really cares how many A's you have made
    Sure they do, competitive grad schools tend to care quite a bit.

    And as far as people caring, I care. I tend to give things my all, whether at school, being an aid, or eventually a nurse. Just because I make A's doesn't mean I'll be worse than another new grad, I expect I'll perform very similarly, or hopefully a little better with some hospital experience behind me as an aid
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    I have always been one of those that stresses over grades as well. I had a perfect 4.0 gpa for the last 3 years doing my pre-req's. Now it's a different story. In our Nursing, you have to get a 76% in order to continue. It's everyone's goal to just try to get that 76% and move on. As most people have told me, when you become a nurse, they only care that you passed the NCLEX and have your degree. They don't ask what your gpa was nor do they care at that point.
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    Quote from mitsugirly
    I have always been one of those that stresses over grades as well. I had a perfect 4.0 gpa for the last 3 years doing my pre-req's. Now it's a different story. In our Nursing, you have to get a 76% in order to continue. It's everyone's goal to just try to get that 76% and move on. As most people have told me, when you become a nurse, they only care that you passed the NCLEX and have your degree. They don't ask what your gpa was nor do they care at that point.
    Praise! I used to be the same way. I've made all B's in nursing school, except for a C in one of my classes in second semester. I am on the line between a potential A this semester, but ill just be happy to pass.

    Some employers do ask for a copy if your transcripts when hiring as a new grad, but they look more at your clinical performance is what I'm told. I've gotten multiple critical care job offers and have 1 C on my transcript. Employers look at the whole person, at least in my case.

    Striving for your best should always be what we strive for. The results of giving your best can change with each semester though so its important to not become disheartened if your best gets you a B or C one semester and an A another.


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