Okay, we've all heard it before (and it never fails to piss me off, BTW), but I was profoundly disturbed to read in this thread
that at least 2 different nurses have been told by their nursing instructors
that they were, essentially, "too smart to be a nurse."
I mean--what the hell? Seriously. It's bad enough, uninformed enough, ignorant enough, insulting enough, when a physician, a family member, or a member of the general public says this to us... but a nursing instructor
? If they don't respect their own profession, then what business do they have teaching it? Have any of the rest of you heard this from another nurse or a nursing instructor before? What did you say?
Gaaah. In case you couldn't tell, I am practically incandescent with rage. I need to go home early and have a BIG glass of wine and calm down. Grrr.
Aug 21, '02
I had nursing instructors tell me the same thing while I was going through nursing school. Not only did they tell me that, they put me in for a "six week farm" for potential med students. The "farm" buddied those students with med students so they could get a feel for what med school was like, etc. I had to sit before a Board of about 12 college heads...the dean of the college included...for an interview. I received a letter that I had been selected to attend Ohio University for six weeks that particular summer, and it was my nursing instructors who nominated me.
I grew up with dreams of wanting to be a doctor, so of course I was thrilled that I was selected! However....that dream came crashing down when my THEN hubby told me NO WAY would he ever support my going, and he was NOT about to "babysit" OUR children while I went. Our kids were NOT babies...but elementary age kids at that time. I was sooooo crushed....but his opposition and jealousy only made me strive that much harder to graduate with honors....which I did. He was jealous of that....didn't want me to be "educated".......well...it's TOO late at night for me to even go down that path again...it will only make me want to commit a murder.
Okay....anyway...obviously my bubble was bursted, and I didn't go, but graduated and became a darn good nurse! Guess I read the book titled "Elizabeth Blackwell...First Woman Doctor" too many times as a little girl growing up because NOBODY supported my dream of becoming a doctor just like "Elizabeth Blackwell". Still brings tears to my eyes today...yep...still does.
Last edit by live4today on Aug 21, '02