Want to know how many patients asked my my GPA? Class rank? Dental school?
Today our radiology professor shared this with us.
Want to know, in the five years I’ve been a nurse, how many times I was asked my GPA or class rank?
To this day, never.
Your patients care that you’re kind, knowledgeable, and personable. They offer their trust in return for your abilities. They could care less who got the high or low on an exam, or how little or long you studied for a final.
It’s safe to say in the pre-professional academic world, you’re living under a microscope. You think you need those A’s even if it requires memorizing textbooks and snagging carpel tunnel in your 20s.
But there comes a time when you need to take a step back from tunnel vision on grades and question whether you’re learning for exams, or learning for your future patients. Spending all your time with your books, or making time to build a skill set outside your academic requirements that will benefit you as a future practitioner.
Do your work, take those entrance exams, get into your program, but don’t forget to take a step back and see the bigger picture and remind yourself every once in a while of the true final goal of your degree- the patients on the other end of it.