Who Is Smarter? Doctors or Nurses? - page 6

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Doctors have an MD behind their name, but who is smarter? Doctors or nurses? Discuss. :typing... Read More


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    I still haven't waded through this entire discussion, but a thought occurred to me. There are different types of intelligence that should be considered as well as IQ or reasoning ability. There are many doctors (and nurses) I know that are severely lacking in the emotional intelligence department. Sad for a helping profession, I think.
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    Quote from Purple_Scrubs
    I still haven't waded through this entire discussion, but a thought occurred to me. There are different types of intelligence that should be considered as well as IQ or reasoning ability. There are many doctors (and nurses) I know that are severely lacking in the emotional intelligence department. Sad for a helping profession, I think.
    That's not really intelligence, it's skill. You have to be taught this and some people are physically incapable of it. Even if you are taught this you have to 'practice.' Meaning if you are not in the habit of say being sympathetic you will become unsympathetic.
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    Actually there are several well respected theories that support emotional/interpersonal intelligence as being innate, as well as other types of intelligence other than IQ. It was a big part of my child development class (and an area which facinates me). I don't have the book as a reference, but here is a link to one website that discusses it...

    http://www.thomasarmstrong.com/multi...elligences.htm
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    Quote from Purple_Scrubs
    Actually there are several well respected theories that support emotional/interpersonal intelligence as being innate, as well as other types of intelligence other than IQ. It was a big part of my child development class (and an area which facinates me). I don't have the book as a reference, but here is a link to one website that discusses it...

    http://www.thomasarmstrong.com/multi...elligences.htm
    Ohh... I like that. I was having trouble delineating the talents.

    I'm not sure if I like that intelligence is used in the term as I find it limiting in meaning but it seems like they pegged all of the main talents.

    I also like that idea of targetted learning. Though, it is a bit Gattaca/Animal Farmish.

    It makes sense. Kinda like the industry specific magnet schools they have.

    ETA:

    Though it doesn't explain how some people can learn to fake interpersonal and emotional skills. I wonder where that would fall in the list.
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    Hmmm, good point. Like any theory it has it's limitations. My thought would be that if someone can "fake it" convincingly, they have at least the intelligence part of emotional intelligence even if they don't have the emotion that is usually behind it. At least they recognize what is "normal" or acceptable behavior. Like the serial killers who blend into society because they learn what they are supposed to feel, even though they don't feel it internally.

    OK, I have really derailed this thread. Sorry. I'm crawling back into my hole now.
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    it really depends on what the topic is. Doctors tend to have a deeper knowledge base especially if the topic is related to their specialty but nurses tend to have a broader knowledge of medicine as it is practiced in the trenches. I don't think you can fault a person for not having knowledge of a field that they are not familiar with. It's like trying to take a dyed in the wool l & d nurse and put him or her into geriatrics. Not that some basic functions of the job wouldn't be the same, but it's a pretty good bet that the l & d nurse rarely has to contend with a patient with advanced alzheimers. It's also like saying that a doctor is smarter than a professional chef. Sure in medicine the doctor may be smarter, but ask that doctor to whip up a souffle without using any specific recipe and the tables have turned.
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    I don't understand what you mean by smarter. If you are talking about IQ, I would guess that the majority of doctors are smarter than the majority of nurses since the requirements for a medical degree are more stenuous. There is a higher barrier of entry into the medical field and therefore those with less intellecutal ability are, generally, weeded out.

    That said, I am sure there are a minority of nurses who have IQs equal to or higher than the average doctor. There may be a few doctors out there with IQs that are lower than the average nurse, but I think it would have been very difficult for them to pass medical school.

    If you are talking about intelligence other than book learning, I really don't know. It used to be that medical school were only accepting top academic applicants (read this nerds) and were therefore turning out socially stupid doctors, but I have heard that over the last twenty years medical schools have made efforts to accept more well-rounded applicants.


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