I'm freaking out about getting a failing grade! Need advice


Okay so each week we have to complete paperwork, and this semester the professors grade harder than usual. I got my first weeks paperwork back and I did really good I got an A. However, I just completed this weeks and turned it in and I already know I am probably going to get a failing grade. I never failed paperwork ever since my 2 semesters of doing paperwork. I honestly never gotten below an A. So, I'm just preparing myself just in case I do fail. It doesn't make it any better that the clinical instructor grading it thinks I am dumb. . I know I could have done better and it was not my best work. I take full responsibility for that.I guess what I am asking is how do you get through failure during nursing school because I am the type of student that worries about every little thing. I literally cannot eat or sleep right now because I am so worried that I failed.

KelRN215, BSN, RN

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It's one week's assignment. Do better on every assignment for the rest of the semester to get a decent grade for the course.

I was a straight A student in high school and graduated 6th in my class. I stopped caring about grades by second semester of my freshman year of college. I've been a nurse for 11 years and no one has ever asked what my GPA in school was. I'm not sure I even remember. It was decent (I think around a 3.4-3.5) but I didn't graduate with honors.


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We had a saying in nursing school: "C is for "continue". The reason we said that was because nursing school is difficult! Those who had straight As in HS were freaking out when they got Cs. It truly isn't the end of the world and nobody asks your GPA when you're administering their IV fluids or sending them to dialysis. Breathe. Clinical instructors will do or think what they want. I had an instructor who said I'd only be fit to pick up the garbage off the floor and an associate dean who said I'd never be an RN. My mother had an instructor who took her care plans and destroyed them with red marks and told her she'd NEVER be a nurse. We both are. Don't focus on those things. It'll eat you alive. Nursing school is a different beast. Just focus on becoming a safe and prudent nurse. You can do it. :)