Could someone of average IQ become an ADN nurse?

  1. In your opinion, do I hold a chance at becoming a nurse with an IQ of 105, and a strong work ethic?
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  2. 41 Comments

  3. by   Skips
    Yep....
  4. by   ChristineN
    IQ doesn't have much to do with it. If you have a strong work ethic as you mentioned and are willing to put the time into studying for classes and apply yourself you should be fine. And don't feel because of you "average" IQ that you can't do a BSN program. If ADN is what is right for you because of where you are in life that is fine, but don't limit yourself just because of your IQ
  5. by   jadelpn
    IQ means little. Tutors if you feel the need. Don't limit yourself because you percieve yourself to be "average". College is different, has a number of levels, everyone has their strenghs, weakness, likes and dislikes. Good luck!
  6. by   noyesno
    No, you need at least a 145.
  7. by   uRNmyway
    Most people take some quick 10 minute IQ test online and take it way too seriously. I would recommend if anything to take one of the 2-3 hour tests. And even then, most aren't really accurate to determine how bright you are.
    My answer to your question is that it all depends on you. If you work hard and are determined to succeed, the sky's the limit.
  8. by   twinmommy+2
    IQ tests are not identifiers of who would be great in one career path over another. If this is what you want to do then run with it.
  9. by   Anoetos
    Absolutely. Many of the nurses I know have apparent IQs of about that.

    It's more about a willingness to work hard and attention to detail.
  10. by   brownbook
    Who even gives IQ tests? I have never had one? I can believe asking about PSAT and SAT scores, or what your GPA was. Is this a serious question or a gag?
  11. by   mclennan
    Exactly. "IQ" is about as up to date as "VD"
  12. by   SleeepyRN
    A person can have a high IQ and not be cut out for nursing.
  13. by   akulahawkRN
    Quote from SleeepyRN
    A person can have a high IQ and not be cut out for nursing.
    Precisely. IQ is one component of it. Having a decent memory, high attention to detail, and strong work ethic also have roles in nursing too. Being able to make connections between what you do and what you've learned also plays a part in this.

    Really, IQ tests just examine one portion of you, and how well you can test along one dimension of learning, standardized along some idea of where you should be educationally.

    An IQ of105? As long as you know what you're doing and why you're doing it, it shouldn't be an issue at all. If you had no idea of your IQ, would you think you're capable of being a nurse?
  14. by   Anoetos
    Quote from akulahawk

    Precisely. IQ is one component of it. Having a decent memory, high attention to detail, and strong work ethic also have roles in nursing too. Being able to make connections between what you do and what you've learned also plays a part in this.

    Really, IQ tests just examine one portion of you, and how well you can test along one dimension of learning, standardized along some idea of where you should be educationally.

    An IQ of105? As long as you know what you're doing and why you're doing it, it shouldn't be an issue at all. If you had no idea of your IQ, would you think you're capable of being a nurse?
    The point may be needlessly academic, but "being able to make connections between what you do and what you learned" is very much a function of intelligence. This is so close to the ability to recognize data in patterns and the ability to effectively and meaningfully replicate those patterns as to make no real difference.

    I'm not arguing with you, I just think the point is excellent and may bear some gentle pointing out that properly trained people of higher intelligence may find it easier to actually do this.

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