Originally posted by dianacs
Taking a study break here...and posting is so much more fun!
Now, I haven't started nursing school yet, so I can't offer any personal experience, but perhaps you all can. Many people have said that nursing school is challenging, difficult, one of the hardest majors, etc., and this is definitely what I'm preparing myself for in the fall. Did any of you ever come across someone who had a relatively easy time of it? From my past experiences, there's always one genius type in the group who aces everything, seemingly effortlessly. If such a person exists in nursing school, that person must be doubly talented since one must apply her/himself in both the theory AND clinical portions of the program. Perhaps some of you are/were one of these people? I am curious to know...
Disclaimers: I know that grades do not make the nurse. I know that people usually have other responsiblities in addition to nursing school. I am not expecting to be one of the people I speculated about in my question. This is merely a point of curiosity. Thank you.
I didn't exactly sail through nursing school...mostly A/B student with only two "C"s on my entire college transcript...only one in a nursing course, the other on computers because I only did the REQUIRED work, and not a drop above that since at the time computers TOTALLY bored me stiff. :zzzzz If it hadn't been for my whiz of a former brother in law, I don't think I would have gotten that "HI-C" that I got. Could have squeaked a B out of the class, but I really wasn't into it. Didn't affect my GPA much anyway, sooooo....
My former Psych Instructor made a big speech to the class one morning about students who were A students and those who worked really really hard to get that C grade. She said that just because one is able to RETAIN enough information to TEST WELL does NOT mean that individual is capable of APPLYING what they tested so well on. Then, she told us this story about one of her prior students who was a 4.0 from Kindergarten to College. She was so self-confident that she would make a good nurse because she Aced everything all through the program. Well, come time for clinicals, this same student could not APPLY what she had learned in the clinical setting; she was always bawling because she found out that her GPA of 4.0 did not help her one bit when it came time for APPLICATION. After she graduated and sat for Boards...which she passed first time around...she took a job in the hospital and within six weeks of her first job, she quit. She went back to college to earn a higher degree so she could -- get this now -- TEACH NURSING!
So......suffice it to say, GRADES DON'T NECESSARILY MEAN YOU ARE GOING TO BE A SUCCESS IN THE REAL WORLD WHEN IT COMES TIME FOR YOU TO APPLY WHAT YOU LEARNED SO WELL BETWEEN THE PAGES OF THOSE EXPENSIVE COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS!
Good luck to you whatever you do in your life! If you are a STRONG 'C' student who knows how to apply what you learn in the clinical setting, then hang in there. If you are an 'A' student, and know how to apply what you learn in the clinical setting...BRAVO!