Quote from bucknangler
Hey guys and gals,
First let me say thank you for having this site as a great resource for future CRNAs. I have been reading this forum regarding the GPA and GRE scores of SRNA's and CRNA's and I am very disturbed that my GPA won't live up to ya'lls when applying for CRNA school. Like many BSN students, my undergraduate GPA is: 3.68; my Nursing GPA is only a 3.4!!!!!!! My main question is what gradings scale was your nursing school on when you were an Undergrad?? I'm at USM and they have 93-100 A, 92-85 B, 84-77 C. Furthermore, we do not have separate clinical grades so the grades we get in Lecture are the grades we get in clinical. And clinical is a 3 hour credit and lecture is a separate 3 hour credit!!!!!
The reason why I'm bringing this up is because South Alabama has a 10 point grading scale (100 -90 A) and separate grades for clinical which brings GPA's up quite substantial, IMO. Basically, USM's grading scale is near impossible to make above a 3.6 (only two students made above that last semester out of 30!) so will this hurt my chances of being a CRNA????
Finally, whats really funny is that my final grades are usually a 90 or 91 (which we be an A at South Alabama!) but I get two B's for the price of one! And of course transcripts are letters (like A or B) and not numbers (like 92 B)!!!! Please give me advice on what to do or what to expect when applying for CRNA school!
A desperate boy from South Mississippi
Man, I'm SO with ya! I agree with someone who stated that there needs to be a standardized grading scale across the nation. It's just like nursing to be like this though...no fregin autonomy, no unity. I venture to state that almost all of nursing's problems would be solved with more UNITY and AUTONOMY, similar to physical therapists and other medical professions. Nursing needs a major major revamping, and needs to be federally regulated (to a point) and not mandated by states, budgets, and individual hospitals or schools. Nursing is no longer the Florence Nightingale lamp lit by a flame of hope. Nursing is real life, real people, real money, and equally men and women. Caring, yes, is a major factor. But the standards for the nurse practice act in most states are so out of fregin date that, well...we are not taken seriously. I went through more strain, mentally AND physically in an ADN program than most BS programs do, but still get limited autonomy, mandation to work, working weekends, holidays, no time with family...It's BS. There needs to be an even medium, across the nation. This equals safer health care, happier (and better paid) nurses, and insurance costs would go down because fregin law suits would be minimized. And to think...it all stems from that unfair grading scale!!!! haha I KNOW there are going to be people opposed to my statements, but ...it's worth it to vent.