The only time GPA might matter is when you're applying to grad school in nursing, and I heard oftentimes that
gets overlooked in favor of experience. For example, a clinical instructor who is also a great nurse with 10 years
of experience is probably not going to get passed over for a new grad with 1 year of floor experience for an MSN
No one looks at GPA when hiring new grads either, unless they're the elite new grad residencies. Only then I can
imagine GPA might be used as some sort of tiebreaker between the best candidates.
And yeah...community colleges, state universities, etc., diploma programs...no one cares where your degree comes
from as long as you're competent on the floor and have RN after your name.
All nursing programs
are hard as $H!t for the students going through them, and all require lots of work. You're going
to have to study and make it your top priority in your life. I don't find the work itself exceedingly difficult to do or understand,
but the sheer volume of material covered, the crazy hours for clinicals, and the amount of papers and projects will kill you.