I hear this all the time, and it drives me insane. I don't want to sound cocky or stuck up, but I will admit that I am intelligent person. I made a 97 A in my first semester of nursing school, and I had no problems with clinical, skills labs, or class. Now I am in my second semester, and I love every minute of it. I pretty much have a photographic memory when it comes to nursing and medical information, so I hardly have to read the textbooks or the drug books. Because of this, I get the, "you should have gone to medical school" thing all the time. I hate hearing it because nursing is my passion, and it has been for as long as I can remember. I don't want to be a doctor, and I didn't want to spend eight years getting my MD (then another four to six years doing a residency and fellowship). I love nursing, I love the thought process behind it, and I can't wait to graduate and begin my career as an ICU RN.
I think it's ridiculous that people encourage intelligent males (or females for that matter) in nursing programs to leave nursing school and go to medical school. At my program it seems that any students who are intelligent, quick to catch on, or who do well hear the bit about medical school at least once. It's almost as if the students, instructors, and hospital staff think that we are too smart to be nurses. I find the idea that someone is too smart to be a nurse absolutely absurd. We need intelligent nurses at the bedside monitoring patients, delivering compassionate and competent care, and ensuring that nothing goes wrong. Nurses have a lot of input on issues of patient care, they are always at the bedside, and they are often the first to notice changes in patient condition. It's up to us as nurses to alert the physician to a change in condition, and ensure that something is done to resolve the issue. With all this responsibility, you can't possibly tell me that anyone is too smart for nursing.
I don't want to sound rude, or like I'm calling anyone stupid, because I'm not. But when people see a star student who loves nursing, does exceptionally well, and finds nursing school easy, they shouldn't discourage them. These students will make excellent nurses, and they will provide excellent care for their patients. I'm not saying that other students won't be just as good, but we shouldn't try to convince all of our high intelligence students that they are in a field that is too, "dumb" for them. Nothing about nursing is easy, and it requires a good deal of intelligence. Simply getting into nursing school is hard, and surviving is even harder. It's obvious that each nursing student is intelligent, but it is also obvious that there are those who are smarter than others. I feel that nursing programs should do their best to equip each student to be the best nurse he/she can be. However, I also feel that the more intelligent students shouldn't be discouraged from nursing.