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- Jul 18, '12 by tothepointeLVNNursing school paranoia.
There is always going to be an average nurse. The average will shift but there will always be an average. Honestly considering the standard you have to achieve to get that C there's nothing wrong with being average. There are plenty of positions where average will do. Average does not equal sloppy or lazy or stupid or negligent.
Being that I've always been a type A A++++ seeking and achieving kind of girl I never would have thought that I would have said that but its true. Average is not a death sentence.
- Jul 18, '12 by buttons93Quote from grnteathank you! i really needed that right now :dbuttons93, you're already on the right track to join a profession based on evidence and critical thinking. keep at it. we need more of you.
- Jul 18, '12 by JavaWenchThose rumors abound. I'm beginning the nursing program at my school in August, and it is required for anyone who is going to apply to go to an informational meeting before applying to the program. During that meeting, one of the things they addressed was what you did (and did not) need to have a shot at getting in. The people who hosted the meeting were some of the nursing instructors and they asked us all if we'd heard any rumors about getting in (we had) and they addressed them. It really cleared some things up and you left with a crystal clear picture of what you needed, how the wait list worked (my school has one), etc.
It really was a blessing! Some of the rumors were so out there I was in a panic before that meeting!
One note on the "C" student. In the program I'm going into, the range for a C grade is 78%-84.9%. So a C in the nursing program could very well equate to a mid-range B in other classes. I'm a good student (honors and high honors), and I'm not aiming for a C...but if I get one I'll try not to beat myself up over it.
- Jul 19, '12 by tothepointeLVNDid you hear the rumor that they are going to change all the nursing school requirements without telling the students and it's going to be 10x as hard and there are 10,000 applicants for 1 space?
- Jul 19, '12 by InoriWell some are rumors other not best to go to the source. nursing school's website, nursing + school student handbook will list everything you need from prerequisites, GPA etc. Allnurses is good for indulging in your search for possibly secret insider info but I'd confirm important stuff before making a decision.
Everyone tries to guess how many applicants are applying for that spot, some years i heard it was 300, 600+ well ultimately it doesn't matter how many people apply you jsut get the highest grade you can and take it from there.
Though one rumor at my school was true and false at same time. You need "A's to get in (true), but just need to maintain a "C" average(true). OK sounds good? it is too good to be true because now the standard for getting that "C" just went up by 2 letter grades the amount of effort you put in to get the C would have been an A in anythign else and many fail.Last edit by Inori on Jul 19, '12
- Jul 19, '12 by paigerizmeI totally agree- I would work/pre-cept an A student any day.....additionally- the job market now is very tough- and transcripts are taken into account....getting A's shows willingness, determination and perseverence as well as intelligence and a good grasp of nursing theory and patient interaction
- Jul 19, '12 by subeeOne symptom of the dumbing down of our educational system is that the expectations for "average" have become so low. Spelling and grammar? Not so required anymore. College graduates today write as well as 10th graders did 25 years ago.