Straight As.............?

  1. I have just started my nursing courses and will start health assessment and clinical material tomorrow. Is it bad if I don't make As? I am a good student, but have never made straight As.

    Any advice? As a patient I wouldn't really give a hoot if my nurse made straight As, just as long as she/he knew what was going on. Is that a cop out?
    Robin

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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Mkue
    Do your best, work hard and enjoy the Journey ! Before you know, it will be over.

    Good Luck
  4. by   Gator,SN
    Nope, it doesn't matter if you make straight A's or not. If this is your goal then it will matter to you and only you.
    If you do your best, learn all that you can and give patients the kind of care that you yourself would want then you have the makings of a great nurse!
    Some people might argue that being booksmart is not the most important aspect of becoming a nurse, others think that it's what matter most.
    You will decide what is best for you!
    Lots of people make straight A's and they are not the best nurses either. Nursing school is hard enough without putting all this extra pressure on yourself.
    Be good to yourself first....it starts right now!

    Best to you!
    Gator
  5. by   ThirdWorldGirl
    I work with an 23 year old BSN that is a very nice girl and one night we were talking about her schooling and how hard it was and something she said stuck out.... " when I first started school I was trying so hard to get good grades that I was killing myself and at a nervous breakdown point I realized when I graduate, I will still have the same diploma" so she relaxed a little bit, still got the grades but not killing herself in the meantime. I know that's not very good advice from alot of people's view just thought I would add it.
  6. by   Gator,SN
    PSUNURSE,
    I just noticed your username! I just wanted to give you a great big welcome to the board! I too am a PSU grad. You will love Hershey! Are you doing your clinicals there? Good luck with the internship!

    Gator
  7. by   PSUNURS05
    Yes...I go to hershey spring 04 and will finish there....in spring 05...looking forward to going down...must stay clear of chocolate world....
  8. by   Jen2
    Hello. I also go to PSU for nursing starting an ADN program at another branch campus this fall. Horray for us.
  9. by   PSUNURS05
    Altoona has a good program.....don't know much about the others...
    Last edit by PSUNURS05 on Jun 8, '03
  10. by   B.T.H
    Don't focus on the grades but instead focus on understanding the material. If you understand the material your grades will take care of themselves. It's all in the attitude you have when your studying. B.T.H
  11. by   andi2634
    During my med/surg rotation I was ablolutely freaking out because I was struggling to maintain a C. I had never had problems with grades like this- I went to talk to my instructor and she told me that C means continue. We had people in our class that got all A's and I wouldn't want them caring for me or my family. Some people have a very good understanding of the material, are caring and hardworking and just don't test very well. Good luck- you will do great!
  12. by   Bevi
    Just do your best, and you'll be doing fine
  13. by   TinyNurse
    I just graduated on Friday from an ADN program, but my instructors told us first quarter that 80% and above is outstanding for an exam grade in nursing.
    BTW, only one person in my class of 58 graduated with honors.
    Best of luck to you!!!!
    xoxo
    Jen
  14. by   kbstudent
    Hi,
    I used to be very anal about my grades, as I went into my ADN program with an "A" average. It made me crazy not to get an A on an exam. In my Maternity rotation, I got a "B" and have been dealing with that. As my instructors keep saying, you must maintain a 70% and be competent to keep moving through the program. As the year progressed, I eased up on myself instead of beating myself up. My goal is to finish the program and pass the NCLEX. In the long run, it does not matter if you get an A or B in a class. You must be a competent nurse.

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