I am one of the top students in my class (i'm actually convinced that i have the highest grade average in the class, but i dont know if it is true). when i first started off nursing school
, i had a very strong drive to do as well as i could academically. i hadnt been in school for about 3 years since my 5 years at a university. being back in school made me realize how academically inclined i really am. so... in order to graduate my program, i need to maintain above an 85 average (or 75... i dont remember...). in college... i initially tried to do well, until i realized that a diploma was a diploma was a diploma... if ur and lpn/rn, you are an lpn/rn no matter where you graduated from... so i'm wondering... how important could grades possibly be while im in school, as long as i pass above the minimum grade... should i continue studying my *** off and keeping that A average... or glance and my book and just pass...
to slack or not to slack...
what difference does this make in acquiring a job?
aside from advancement in post graduate studies...
Apr 8, '05
I go through periods of burnout when I think the same thing ... Afterall, this is a relentless grind.
Then I remember you have to study hard not just for the grade, but you need to learn this stuff to avoid inadvertently killing one of your patients someday ... :uhoh21:
Let's face it, even with good grades, there's a ton of info you need to learn that might save your patient's life. The more you know, the better.
So I go for good grades no matter what ... just "passing" doesn't cut it for me.
Also, one hospital I specifically want to work for definitely looks at grades. Contrary to popular belief, not all facilities hire RN's just because they have a degree.
Good grades also get you scholarships
, loans, teacher recommendations for jobs, etc. And, good grades are required for master's programs like CRNA (if you decide to go that route.)
Last edit by Sheri257 on Apr 8, '05
Apr 9, '05
Quote from grinnurse
They also ask for at least 2 letters of reference. Who is going to get the good letter would you think? The slacker or the A student?
That's another good point. The hospital I want to work for not only requests transcripts but, they also ask for two letters of reference from instructors. I doubt I could get those letters if my grades weren't good.
Obviously, you can still get a job if you go the C=RN route. But you may not always get the job you want. The hospital I want to work for is flooded with applications because they're the best place to work in the area. So, perhaps that's why they're more picky.
Last edit by Sheri257 on Apr 9, '05
Apr 9, '05
Why do you even ask? Because you know you're not going to be a slacker in school and you're going to get that 4.0. No need to justify it or defend it.
Just ribbing you for fun. LOL
I've only had two employers and neither of them looked at my grades. But it was on resume that I graduated with honors.
I agree with Lisa, just always strive to do the best that you can. For you, I know it's going to be all A's. So enjoy those A's and be proud, whether in ten years it matters, doesn't matter, just keep on keeping on.
Last edit by Tweety on Apr 9, '05