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Who Is Smarter? Doctors or Nurses?

  1. 0 Doctors have an MD behind their name, but who is smarter? Doctors or nurses? Discuss.

    :typing
  2. Visit  Bugaloo profile page

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    Bugaloo has '17' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med-Surg, HH, Tele, Geriatrics, Psych'. Joined Jun '07; Posts: 172; Likes: 747.

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  3. Visit  Christie RN2006 profile page
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    It depends on the person... some docs are smarter than some nurses and some nurses are smarter than some docs. The same goes with any field.
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  4. Visit  leslie :-D profile page
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    i'd be interested to see how this question is answered...
    for intelligence reflects a human capacity, and not a title's.

    this s/b interesting.

    leslie
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  5. Visit  rn2bnwi profile page
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    I believe that question is relative.................
  6. Visit  MoopleRN profile page
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    Define "smarter". Not sure what you want to discuss...?
  7. Visit  Jolie profile page
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    Questions like this bother me because they seem to imply one or more erroneous premises, such as "Title equals intelligence, " or "Formal education equals intelligence" or "Experience is less valuable than formal education," etc.

    In most of my encounters with physicians, I have found that they have more in-depth knowledge of a particular health condition or disease process, and I have a more in-depth knowledge of a particular patient at a given time. It takes both of our expertise to do well by the patient.
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  8. Visit  leslie :-D profile page
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    Quote from earle58
    i'd be interested to see how this question is answered...
    for intelligence reflects a human capacity, and not a title's.

    this s/b interesting.

    leslie
    but allow me to gloat:
    that we nurses, are a darned resourceful bunch, which reflects abilities far beyond intelligence.
    only we can do it so well.

    no brag, just fact.

    leslie
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  9. Visit  MAISY, RN-ER profile page
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    I don't know what makes a person smart? The ability to make it through school by memorization, the ability to spell, write beautifully, the ability to express themselves through the spoken word? The ability to comprehend then teach? The capacity to feel for others, and understand their limitations? Letters behind a name?

    I think it really depends on whom you are speaking to....and what their expectations are, and how limited their view of life is.

    When I see those cancer centers of America commercials it seems to me all of those doctors that blurt out "you have cancer" are dumb because they don't have the common sense to understand how those words will affect the lives of those receiving the news. Yet they are doctors and well educated.

    The smartest people I know don't dwell in any one area of life, don't espouse only one way to do something, acknowledge that there are people who know more than they do, and continue learning throughout their lives. They are smart enough to know that life requires a continous evolution of thought and learning-NOT STAGNATION.

    JMHO

    M
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  10. Visit  hypocaffeinemia profile page
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    Quote from Bugaloo
    Doctors have an MD behind their name, but who is smarter? Doctors or nurses? Discuss.

    :typing
    In a lovely bit of irony, "is" is singular; both "doctors" and "nurses" are plural. The question asked is grammatically invalid.
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  11. Visit  Sterren profile page
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    Depends on the doctor, and the nurse. It also depends on the question you're asking. I guess my best answer would be "both" because it really depends on the individual and the situation.
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  12. Visit  talaxandra profile page
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    Or neither
  13. Visit  GilaRRT profile page
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    Agree with the general "feeling" of this thread. Intelligence should not be confused with education. However, a "core" level of intelligence is obviously required to ensure you can complete medical school.
  14. Visit  Spidey's mom profile page
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    Quote from hypocaffeinemia
    In a lovely bit of irony, "is" is singular; both "doctors" and "nurses" are plural. The question asked is grammatically invalid.

    Irony is a wonderful thing.

    The question is not specific enough . .. you cannot lump ALL docs and ALL nurses into a category.

    I work with a group of medical professionals who go to Vietnam every Spring and Summer for medical clinics in rural areas. WE are ALL a bunch of smart AND resourceful folks to put on a clinic in a different rural community every single day for 2 1/2 weeks, sometimes with glitches to our source of electricity or government interference or emergencies or flooding or staff getting heat exhaustion or big old spiders in your shower. We see over 400 patients every single day.

    We are nurses, docs from many specialities, nurse practioners, pharmacists, opthamologists, dentists, dental assistants, med students, pharmacy students . . .

    steph
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