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4.0 in nursing school?

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I was just wondering if it's possible to complete nursing school with a 4.0. Has anyone done it? I've read many times that in nursing school you usually drop a grade level... A students become B students.

I'm pretty worried about this. I'm disappointed with any grade less than 100. I know it sounds crazy, but it's not something I can control. I know I would be devastated if I made a B. So far throughout my prereqs I've been able to keep a 4.0 and many of my final grades have been 100. (not just the easy classes) I have to study ALL the time though.

So is there anyone else out there like me? Did you make it though nursing school without having a breakdown?:nailbiting:

Oh man, and I thought I was a perfectionist! I'm usually disappointed in anything under a 92 or so but now that I'm in the program I'm trying to lower my expectations. Disappointed with anything less than 100? You are expecting yourself to be LITERALLY perfect. I'm not going to say it's impossible to have a 4.0, but it is dependent on a lot of factors. Do you have a spouse or a significant other? Children? Do you work? If not and you have all day every day to focus on studying, it's probably doable. I think it depends heavily on the program you're in as well. No one has managed in to get and A in Nursing 101 in my program since 2004 (so I've heard anyway) but I am sure there are programs where an A is quite common.

As a piece of advice though, I would try to lower my standards a little bit if I were you, if only for your own sanity. Nursing school is very VERY different than any other education I have ever experienced and although I'm only a couple of weeks into it, adjusting to the new way of thinking (and the whole 'every answer is right but which one is more right' thing) is already more difficult than I thought it would be. Based on the practice tests I've been taking, I would be thrilled to have an 80 or above on my first test! You'll either adjust your expectations or you won't, but the important thing is recognizing when you're putting too much pressure on yourself and need to relax a little bit. If you can't do that you'll drive yourself to the point of insanity (or heavy drinking)

Thank you for the feedback! I don't have children and my husband supports us so I can dedicate all of my time to school. I know I have ridiculous expectations. I figured I would have to change that in nursing school. I really don't understand why it's set up that way though. Not one A in nursing 101 in 10 years! THAT's ridiculous. It's like these schools are trying to mess with our self esteem! One could argue that they're trying to make us feel inferior... hmmm.

Sun0408, ASN, RN

Specializes in Trauma Surgical ICU. Has 4 years experience.

There is more to life and nursing school than just books. Making a 100 on every test is highly unlikely and unhealthy to put that much pressure on yourself. I agree with above poster. Nursing school is different than any other class you've taken. It's not learn/ memorize them regurgitate. Best of luck to you.

duskyjewel

Specializes in hospice.

I'm disappointed with any grade less than 100... I know I would be devastated if I made a B.

This is completely unhealthy. Where did you learn this?

Navigating real life requires accepting that less than perfect is still good. Success in life requires flexibility. As you go through nursing school, navigate your marriage, have children, and start your career, you are going to have to learn to accept less than perfect.

duskyjewel

Specializes in hospice.

It's like these schools are trying to mess with our self esteem! One could argue that they're trying to make us feel inferior... hmmm.

Your self worth needs to be tied to more than your grades.

I'm really not sure where my mentality regarding grades came from. I was never pushed to be perfect or anything else for that matter. Life has been really hard the past few years. My home was broken into and we lost EVERYTHING. Before that we lost all of our money opening a restaurant so we didn't have homeowners insurance. Long story short the last few years have been a struggle and I guess I see school as an opportunity to fix things. I want desperately to be out of the situation I'm in. I guess that's where it comes from... I know it's not healthy.

Thanks for the feedback. I see I'm going to need to do some soul searching before starting nursing school.

duskyjewel

Specializes in hospice.

Sounds like you've got some anxiety from the trauma of a break in and the failure of your business. Possibly you see perfection in school as insurance against further adverse events. Since you view becoming a nurse as a way out of your current difficulties, that may reinforce your need to get perfect grades.

Please know I'm a total amateur, but this just seems to make sense to me.

I hope you can find a way to make peace with less than perfect grades. Just remember that success isn't the same thing as perfect. You can totally have one without the other. Most people do.

Sounds like you've got some anxiety from the trauma of a break in and the failure of business. Possibly you see perfection in school as insurance against further adverse events. Since you view becoming a nurse as a way out of your current difficulties, that may reinforce your need to get perfect grades.

Please know I'm a total amateur, but this just seems to make sense to me.

I hope you can find a way to make peace with less than perfect grades. Just remember that success isn't the same thing as perfect. You can totally have one without the other. Most people do.

Makes sense to me :) I appreciate your kind words. I will definitely start telling myself that!

GingerRN17

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 1 years experience.

Most of the amazing nurses that I know where straight A students, until Nursing school. Then they were just trying to make a high C to pass! Nursing school it about a LOT more then just the grade!

I would seriously consider seeing a counselor for your over the top perfectionism. You might be able to make some personal changes that will improve your life immensely over the years. And good luck with maintaining good grades in nursing school!

Hannahlee - it is possible. I just did it. Just don't make yourself crazy about setting such a high standard for yourself though. Nursing school was super stressful and it took me a while to be ok with not getting 100% on every exam I took (what do you mean I got a C on a test?! Lol). Briefly review exams to make sure you understand where you went wrong w/incorrect answers and then move on. Let it go. Don't obsess about a grade that you wish was higher. There will be more tests, papers, assignments that give you opportunities to improve your grade. Be sure to have some balance in your life to include things that are not school related - date night with your husband, lunch with a girlfriend, a few mindless hours on a Friday night watching Netflix (This was a personal favorite of mine - I looked forward to Friday nights all week long, lol). Find study/learning methods that work for you and always give your best effort and you'll do great.

Hannahlee - it is possible. I just did it. Just don't make yourself crazy about setting such a high standard for yourself though. Nursing school was super stressful and it took me a while to be ok with not getting 100% on every exam I took (what do you mean I got a C on a test?! Lol). Briefly review exams to make sure you understand where you went wrong w/incorrect answers and then move on. Let it go. Don't obsess about a grade that you wish was higher. There will be more tests, papers, assignments that give you opportunities to improve your grade. Be sure to have some balance in your life to include things that are not school related - date night with your husband, lunch with a girlfriend, a few mindless hours on a Friday night watching Netflix (This was a personal favorite of mine - I looked forward to Friday nights all week long, lol). Find study/learning methods that work for you and always give your best effort and you'll do great.

Thank you so much! I was hoping I would find someone who did. Congratulations! I look forward to it. I know it'll be hard but I'm excited to see just what I can do!

Student Mom to Three

Has 2 years experience.

I did it. 4.0 for all my prereqs and nursing school. I have three kids but didn't have to work outside the home.

Although it was nice having that "with highest honors" on my diploma and resume, it really isn't such a big deal. Wasn't any easier for me to get a job than any others in my cohort. I just happen to be a decent student and really love learning.

My good grades were the product of my own curiosity. I used what we were studying as just a jumping off point and then did my own research on the topics. I wanted more depth than I was getting in school.

My grades certainly don't make me a better nurse, but my curiosity and love of learning have truly helped me in my almost three years of nursing.

Good luck!

Everline

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

I'm currently doing it. I'm in my last semester and have a 4.0, including pre-reqs. However I have not gotten 100% on all my exams. I'm not going to say it's impossible, but I will say it's highly unlikely to go through the entirety of nursing school never getting any question wrong on any exam. And really, what is the point? If you get a 97 on an exam and someone else gets a 100, you will both receive an A and no one is going to know the difference. In fact, no one is going to know about each individual test grade you receive once you leave nursing school. I understand this is a personal goal for you, but nursing school is stressful enough and I gently suggest that you figure out a way to be ok with getting a question or two wrong. Having said that, I encourage you to do your best and strive for the highest grades possible. If you want a 4.0, go for it by studying your behind off. (smile) Best of luck to you!

akulahawkRN, ADN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in Emergency Department. Has 6 years experience.

Yes, it is possible to have and maintain a 4.0 GPA during nursing school. At least one or two of my classmates managed to do it. However, you must understand that it's not always possible (or even likely) to achieve a 100% on every exam. The usual rule of thumb is that whatever your "usual" grades are (A's, B's, etc) you should expect to drop one letter grade as an average. In other words, 4.0 students become 3.0 students... It's just a reflection of both how difficult nursing school is and the different way of thinking that nursing school requires.

I think you have to learn to handle your anxiety better. My school is a very reputable school in my city and probably only about 2 - 10 students out of a class of 60 students receive an A. Although doable in my school, its not common. Just worry about passing. Most of the perquisite do not require critical thinking which is why a lot of people do well in them.There is a guy in my class who was a 4.0 student and now has to repeat a class. Nursing is a high stress field, working on your anxiety will be very beneficial for you.