Quote from NRSKarenRN
I've seen our HR Manager look at grades only when nurse is applying for first position after nursing school.....ALONG with prior jobs they held & # months/years at position. Combining two issues together, candidtate with higher grade may get position.
4.0 perfect score looked unfavorably however as often person wants "the ideal" and often unable to accept imperfect world or roll with the puches that nursing requires.
Biggest reason NOT to hire based on application is frequent job changes less than a year in length...unless in military/moved states.
I hate the whole mindset that employers not wanting to hire people with 4.0 GPAs. I'm friends with a high school principle who says he will not hire a first year teacher with a perfect 4.0 because he/she will expect this from all students and not understand when they may make poor grades. Personally, I think this thinking is assinine, as I graduated with a 4.0 in both undergrad. and graduate school and would never expect everyone to make the same grades. I can also definitely roll with the punches and do not always expect perfection. In my field, having a very high GPA or even a 4.0 is necessary for getting into graduate school and I was hired for the first job I interviewed for. It's sad that in some fields such hard work is not rewarded. I had no idea that this may be true in nursing. My husband has a 4.0 in nursing school and is about to graduate. I hope this does not hurt his chances of jobs/internships, as he sounds like he's really enjoying it and relating very well to the patients!