Hello! I'm 22 and currently finishing up my per-requisites to apply to the nursing program in the near future. Currently, I hold a 4.0 GPA. While in high-school I was a bit of a wild child, couldn't focus, and graduated with a whopping 1.7 GPA. Needless to say, I've obviously changed.
After high school graduation, I started my work in the healthcare field. I have been a caregiver for a little over 4 years now. (CNA, Caregiver, & Direct Care Worker working with the Developmentally Disabled population). I know this is what I want to do, I couldn't imagine doing anything else. I care about it, but I also want it.
Nursing seems to be the going trend for most females in my area, and I'll even admit that some females are just going with the flow like everyone else. To me, not anyone can be a nurse. I know that I'm not an RN but I have worked in this field and know that I would like to continue my job and move up on the food chain.
After working a few years after high-school I realized entry-level jobs get you no where and that I need to do this, do something to succeed. My entire family background is low-income, uneducated people. Today, something really irked me while in class.
When applying for the Nursing Program at my school, its a point system and GPA is one of the biggest points value. Like I have said previously, I hold a 4.0- But I am nervous about taking the remaining classes next semester. Next semester I have to take Microbiology and A&P II together. As I was stressing my nerves to one classmate about how I need to maintain my GPA, another one chimed in, "Well if your GPA drops, maybe this isn't the right field for you." Excuse me?
All day long I've been thinking of this comment.. who is she to say that? Maybe she is judging that off other factors? Do I not look professional enough? Mind you- I don't know this girl at all.
In one sense, It makes me want to push harder. An old client of mine was a retired surgeon; he had told me before he had to apply for his residency program several times before getting in, and before starting med school he obtained a 2.8 GPA. This gives me hope, but still. Is she right? Or am I wrong?