I still want to voice my opinion. Lately, I've been reading alot of post discussing "A" nursing students verses "C" nursing students. It breaks my heart that there are students that are so hung up on grades that they rather want an "A" nurse taking care of them over a "C" nurse. Come on now ! When was the last time a patient asked you what your GPA was ? When was the last time as a patient yourself you asked your nurse what her GPA was ? Nursing school is stressful enough and while I strive everyday to make A's on exams I don't. I started out with A's and now I'm hanging around with high C's. Don't me wrong, I take NS and my grades very seriously... the only difference is that I don't let my grades whether A's or C's determine what kind of nurse I'll be. I graduate in a few weeks and I'm not sure if I'll still have my above 3.0 average, but I tell you one thing I'm still going to hold my head up high and take care of patients to the best of my ability . I'll still be a nurse and no less of a nurse then my classmates that got A's through nursing school. These are nursing exams, the real test starts when you start working and providing competent care to patients. So I'm saying enough is enough ! To you students who are A students I want to give you a big :clphnds: I know you deserve your A and worked hard for it. For you students who are " C " students I want to give you a big :clphnds: as well and you also worked hard for you grade as well. No one goes into nursing school wanting to make C's all the time, however it happens. I haven't met one student that said" I'm studying my butt off for that C. Students now days are so caught up in grades instead of the true meaning of nursing.
When my pt. comes in with cardiac arrest and is in alot of pain he won't care what grades I got, he cares about my compassionate and me providing good quality care. Come on A and C students can't we all get back to what nursing really is about.A nurse is a nurse . Once you pass that nclex you are a nurse
Thanks for letting me get this off my chest. I'm done you all can yell at me now.
May 22, '09
Most new grad programs ask for your transcripts. And in this economy and very few jobs for new grads, having good grades/honors is one more thing for you to put on your resume that some one else might not have, some one that you are in competition with for a job.
The whole "C's get degrees" bugs be because I have worked my butt off for my A's and B's. I never got anything less than a B on any of my classes. I never went to any of the school parties, I missed out on my grandfathers funeral, I missed out on many family gatherings, I did extra clinical hours, I had no social life...so for some one with a C average to compare my degree to theirs with words like that...Well, I am just glad that I did all those things because in this economy employers can chose to be selective and stating that I graduated with honors, along with all the other extra stuff, was impressive to them.
Last edit by HeartsOpenWide on May 22, '09