Poorman, Susan G. PhD, RN, CNS-BC, ANEF; Mastorovich, Melissa L. DNP, RN, BC
In this video the authors summarize their study on the meaning of grades to nursing students at all educational levels. Nursing students (n=46) from 14 schools described a time that stood out to them when they were graded, reflected on their story, and discussed what this experience meant to them. The main theme was “needing an A.” This was discussed by students at every level of nursing education. Students not only needed to get an A, but also needed to get an A in every course they took, causing stress and disappointment when they were unable to achieve these grades. This is an important article for all nurse educators to read.