Do you have to be "super smart" to be a nurse? - page 2

I not a dummy ( I don't think hee hee) but I know I'm not "brilliant" either. :rolleyes: I scored a 24 on my ACT. I have an IQ of about 123, so I'm no Einstein, but do I have to be to be a nurse?... Read More

  1. by   mario_ragucci
    I think I know where you are coming from with your querry about "super smart." The answer is YES, you do have to be super smart. But smarts ain't all sitting still in a chair and playing with the mid-terms and finals like they were crossword puzzles. You have to be smart on your feet. Your ability to move freely and easily though space is a key. Being super-smart and retaining/learning information is one thing; Being able to turn that informaion from potential energy into kinetic energy is a different quality, and is undefined. Welcome.
  2. by   melissa24
    Originally posted by mkue
    Super-smart? No. Good in math and science helps. Some other qualities that would contribute to being a good nurse: Empathy, Caring, Compassion, and a professional attitude. Critical thinking skills very helpful.
    Ditto. Welcome.
  3. by   itsme
    Yes, we are all Super-smart, especially me!!
  4. by   karenG
    super smart?? that lets me out!!!

    Karen
  5. by   itsme
    super-duper smart!!! smart azzed!!!! Happy day everyone, I gotta go to work!!
  6. by   OrthoNutter
    Originally posted by Just_wondering
    I not a dummy ( I don't think hee hee) but I know I'm not "brilliant" either. I scored a 24 on my ACT. I have an IQ of about 123, so I'm no Einstein, but do I have to be to be a nurse? I love math and science but I don't like stuff like calculus. What do you have to be REALLY good at to make it through nursing school? I'm just taking prerequ's right now, but I want opinions about this because I don't want to jump into something that I can't complete. If anyone else had these thoughts please do tell!


    My kitty
    Considering some of the people I work with, I don't think it requires much intelligence at all. In fact, I'm beginning to doubt that you even need common sense either. :roll

    Forgive me folks, a large number of my colleagues are excellent to work with and could probably beat me in the brains department any day but sometimes I have to wonder where management finds them!

    Seriously though, I don't think you need to be an Einstein. Common sense will take you a lot further than Einstein intelligence any day in my book.
  7. by   Tweety
    Common sense is most important IMO

    In my experience, if you can make it through say chemistry and definately anatomy and physiology, then you can make it through the bookstuff it takes to be a nurse.

    But as other people as have already sead, there's more to nursing than is in the books.
  8. by   jaxnRN
    If we were SO smart, we wouldn't BE nurses in the first place!!! HA HA HA!!! Just a joke.

    Seriously though, you need to be smart enough to remember WHY you do what you do , the scientific principles behind them. I know some genuine genius-type people who wouldn't make it one day as a nurse.

    ~Jackie
  9. by   kewlnurse
    judging by some of the morons i work with you can be dumb as a brick and still be a nurse, completly brain dead if you want to be in management
  10. by   Rootbear76
    Originally posted by OrthoNutter
    Considering some of the people I work with, I don't think it requires much intelligence at all. In fact, I'm beginning to doubt that you even need common sense either. :roll

    Forgive me folks, a large number of my colleagues are excellent to work with and could probably beat me in the brains department any day but sometimes I have to wonder where management finds them!

    Seriously though, I don't think you need to be an Einstein. Common sense will take you a lot further than Einstein intelligence any day in my book.

    My grandfather always stressed the importance of common sense. He'd always tell his grandchildren, you don't see a rabbit carrying a backpack, but he knows how to survive! :roll
    I know that you have to be caring, have empathy, and compassion, I've got that part down. I just wanted to be sure I have what it takes to make it through nursing school! I'm going to do my best, study hard, and put the rest of my life on the back burner when I start nursing school.
  11. by   llg
    A certain amount of intellectual talent is necessary to pass the tests, etc. However, emotional inteligence is also necessary. The ability to get along with people, to care about others, to make good choices about work habits, not compromising saftey, etc. are critical to being a good nurse.

    A lot of people are either intellectually intelligent OR emotionally intelligent. The best nurses have both.

    llg
  12. by   mattsmom81
    The saddest coldest nurses I have worked with have super book smarts but zero heartfelt compassion and very little common sense. To care about others, remain professional, and survive intact in this profession is sometimes like walking a tightrope.

    Being smart enough emotionally and intellectually to learn and grow, knowing when to say "NO" and how to keep healthy boundaries is essential but no, you don't have to be 'super smart' to be a nurse. Semi smart helps tho.
  13. by   tattooednursie
    Gee! I hope not!!!! I'm screwed! I do realize that I need to brush up on the ol'math shills before nursing school though.

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