Do grades mean much?

Posted
by Zooey72 Zooey72 Member

You are reading page 3 of Do grades mean much?. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

applesxoranges

applesxoranges, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. 2,242 Posts

Also, another thing I have noticed is that new grads will care so much about where they went to school. No one really cares where one person went.

barcode120x, ASN, BSN, MSN, NP

Specializes in Telemetry. Has 7 years experience. 627 Posts

From what I've seen/experienced, grades only matter in regards to passing and moving onto the next class and then eventually get your degree which will allow you to take your NCLEX. Do grades matter in the working world? Nope. I haven't heard of any of my former classmates that their hospital(s) in the IE of SoCal looked at grades in regards to the hiring process. Graduating with honors and showing that on your resume may help a tad, but I wouldn't say it's a must have/need. Maybe a magnet hospital would look at that? I wouldn't know, I don't know of any new grad that went to one.

Motto in my program, C = RN. Of course that didn't necessarily mean do the bare minimum to pass :nailbiting:

Horseshoe

Horseshoe, BSN, RN

5,879 Posts

Do grades matter in the working world? Nope. I haven't heard of any of my former classmates that their hospital(s) in the IE of SoCal looked at grades in regards to the hiring process.

Motto in my program, C = RN. Of course that didn't necessarily mean do the bare minimum to pass :nailbiting:

Well, many examples have been given showing that grades can mean a great deal.

barcode120x, ASN, BSN, MSN, NP

Specializes in Telemetry. Has 7 years experience. 627 Posts

Well, many examples have been given showing that grades can mean a great deal.

Depends on what you are referring grades to. If you are a pre-nursing student, then yes, grades mean the world. Aim for 4.0's so you can get into ADN/BSN programs right away. As I mentioned, in the hiring process it could mean something, but from what I've looked around, not really much. More importantly it's how you present yourself in your interview and how you can sell yourself to the interviewer (in addition to your personally/work experiences...etc, the whole shabang). If you are talking about intelligence in general or as an RN, well it's up to you to decide on that. 4.0 students are smart on paper, but it doesn't mean they are clinically smart. And we all know RN's need to be well-rounded and RN's come from all types of "intelligence."

I don't want to get on a tangent here, but I still stand by what I said in regards to how much grades mean in the working world. Not much as far as I can tell.

Horseshoe

Horseshoe, BSN, RN

5,879 Posts

Depends on what you are referring grades to. If you are a pre-nursing student, then yes, grades mean the world. Aim for 4.0's so you can get into ADN/BSN programs right away. As I mentioned, in the hiring process it could mean something, but from what I've looked around, not really much. More importantly it's how you present yourself in your interview and how you can sell yourself to the interviewer (in addition to your personally/work experiences...etc, the whole shabang). If you are talking about intelligence in general or as an RN, well it's up to you to decide on that. 4.0 students are smart on paper, but it doesn't mean they are clinically smart. And we all know RN's need to be well-rounded and RN's come from all types of "intelligence."

I don't want to get on a tangent here, but I still stand by what I said in regards to how much grades mean in the working world. Not much as far as I can tell.

It's been stated numerous times that grades can be important in the working world:

In new grad residency programs that give new nurses a new job in a desired specialty. These residency programs are highly sought by new grads. They can be very competitive, and grades can be a critical factor in determining who is offered a spot (i.e., a "job").

Advance practice education: If you want to be a CRNA or go to grad school, those grades will take on significant importance, even years after graduation, which will very surely affect one in "the working world."

aprilj90

aprilj90, BSN, MSN, APRN, NP

Has 10 years experience. 19 Posts

If you plan on stopping at your RN then getting good grades will benefit you for preparing for the NCLEX and understanding clinical knowledge. No employer asks what you're GPA was in school. To be honest you can graduate with a 4.0 and still not understand how to be a nurse. That is normal and expected. If you plan to go to graduate school, many of them have undergraduate GPA requirements. Not all of them, but a lot of them do. Hope this helps.

Horseshoe

Horseshoe, BSN, RN

5,879 Posts

If you plan on stopping at your RN then getting good grades will benefit you for preparing for the NCLEX and understanding clinical knowledge. No employer asks what you're GPA was in school. To be honest you can graduate with a 4.0 and still not understand how to be a nurse. That is normal and expected. If you plan to go to graduate school, many of them have undergraduate GPA requirements. Not all of them, but a lot of them do. Hope this helps.

NOT TRUE. Many new grad residency programs most certainly want to see your GPA and will ask for an official transcript to boot. Not *all* employers ask about GPA, and certainly not after a nurse has practical experience, but for that first job, the GPA may very well have to be given up.

Ackeem, BSN, RN

378 Posts

Depends on your long term goals, for me i just wanted to always be over 3.0.

Lightning90

Lightning90

85 Posts

In my opinion grades do not mean much if you are already in a nursing program, UNLESS you plan on furthering your education by being a np, etc.