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Nursing school GPA and jobs

How much does a GPA matter woth Job Search?

Does having a really GPA help? Or do employers look at other aspects as well?

I may have no idea what I'm talking about here, so take this for what it's worth:

several of my classmates and I applied to a top hospital in our state as new grads because we heard through the grapevine this hospital was interested in hiring a large amount of new grad nurses. I and one other woman got a job there and the others did not. I had a high gpa and so did the other woman who was hired - as far as I know higher than the other candidates. Was this the reason we got hired? Who knows. But the fact remains we had higher gpas. That's just my two cents. I've heard many times gpas hold no weight. I've always wondered this myself, interested in seeing others comments on the topic.

Edited by Traumajunkie91

TraumaJunkie, what do you consider a high GPA? 3.7? 3.8? 3.9?

VANurse2010

Has 6 years experience.

How much does a GPA matter woth job search?

Does having a really GPA help? Or do employers look at other aspects as well?

No employer I've ever had - from crappy nursing home to academic medical center - has ever asked my GPA

Everline

Specializes in public health, women's health, reproductive health.

I graduated last December and applied mostly to new grad residencies. Most of them asked for my GPA, a couple of them wanted transcripts. In fact, I've recently talked to nurses who were denied opportunities based on GPA. Having said that, I doubt this is a factor for experienced nurses.

Une Infirmiere, BSN, RN

Has 5 years experience. Specializes in NICU.

I graduated last December and applied mostly to new grad residencies. Most of them asked for my GPA, a couple of them wanted transcripts. In fact, I've recently talked to nurses who were denied opportunities based on GPA. Having said that, I doubt this is a factor for experienced nurses.

Same here...I think employers (Teaching Facilities mainly) use GPA as a screening tool for hiring new grads only.

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Has 35 years experience. Specializes in Critical Care, Education.

In my part of the country, it is routine for employers to ask for GPA as well as HESI scores for new grads. A couple of the larger systems have publicized very strict requirements for applicants to their new grad residency programs. No one asks for this information from experienced nurse applicants, because they have actual nursing experience that can serve the same purpose.

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