"You're so smart, you should've gone to medical school" - page 2

Okay, we've all heard it before (and it never fails to piss me off, BTW), but I was profoundly disturbed to read in this thread that at least 2 different nurses have been told by their nursing... Read More

  1. by   sjoe
    Well, at least they didn't say, "You're not very smart. It's a good thing you didn't try to go to medical school."
  2. by   CardioTrans
    There is a nurse in my unit that has "im too smart to be a nurse" attitude. His exact words were, "nursing has no challenge for me, im too smart to be a nurse I should have went to medical school" I was looking at him like wth??? Nursing, no challenge, in a heart transplant ICU??? Then he made a comment to me about him being smarter than anyone that worked in the unit and knew more about nursing than anyone there. (keeping in mind hes only 24 and been out of nursing school 3 yrs) He kept talking to all of us like we knew absolutely nothing except how to do bedbaths..... finally I had enough of him, and said "most of us have been nursing longer than you have been out of high school, and when you learn everything there is to know about nursing, we will call Guiness" he hushed quickly.
  3. by   cmggriff
    Once upon a time I was working an ER in Ky. I worked with a particularly cantankerous doc who had a very low opinion of women in general and nurses in particular. Being a man, I didn't have to suffer with his attitude much at all. After working with him for several monthes he suggested I should go to med school. I told I felt I was too old. Sometime later he brought the subject up again. Even told me he ould help me get into a med school. I thanksed him, because this was quite a compliment from the man and then I explained my point of view. I said, "You know you are one of the very few Dr's I like. I have made no secret of the fact that I can't stand most of you SOB's (not short of breath). So why would I want to go to school for 4 years to become someone I don't like?" He never brought it up again. Gary
  4. by   Aussienurse2
    I just tell people that I'm too smart for med. school...always gets a giggle.
  5. by   researchrabbit
    Originally posted by Aussienurse2
    I just tell people that I'm too smart for med. school...always gets a giggle.
  6. by   MollyMo
    Just tell the tactless people "It's because I'm so smart that I'm doing what I want to do, not what someone else thinks I should do."
  7. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heat of texas

    Heya stargazer, I liked that phrase" Incancescent with Rage" Can I borrow that. I'll let ya have it back. But I liked that. its very visual.

    outside of that I agree with ya.

    doo wah ditty
  8. by   Lausana
    Originally posted by cheerfuldoer
    Okay....anyway...obviously my bubble was bursted, and I didn't go, but graduated and became a darn good nurse! Guess I read the book titled "Elizabeth Blackwell...First Woman Doctor" too many times as a little girl growing up because NOBODY supported my dream of becoming a doctor just like "Elizabeth Blackwell". Still brings tears to my eyes today...yep...still does
    {Aww Renee we'll support you to become a Dr now! You'd be the kind of Doc that the world needs :kiss Actually the NP I usually see at the doc's reminds me of you, real motherly, she's so sweet }

    I am awed by these comments from instructors...I'd probably fall over if I heard one of mine say that, they are so passionate about nursing :angryfire Which you should be if you're teaching it...now from the general public I'd probably take it as a compliment of intelligence since to them Drs=smart; Nurse=helper :chuckle my mom still makes my ADN class load sound like I'm taking a 3 week CNA course
  9. by   Heather333
    Originally posted by Lausana

    :chuckle my mom still makes my ADN class load sound like I'm taking a 3 week CNA course
    OMG! My mom has always said that I'm too smart and I should have gone to medical school. That really pisses me off Who says you have to be smart to go to med school? I've seem a lot of residents that just don't have a clue.

    I want to take care of people and be at the bedside. That's MY choice.

  10. by   delirium
    Ok, I'm one of 'the ones' in the other thread. My instructor didn't tell me I should have gone to medical school, though, she just asked why I chose to go into nursing instead of some other, more prestigious career.

    I told her my reasons for becoming a nurse (I have a few good ones), and then told her that we need the smartest nurses we can get. We shouldn't be sending them off to be doctors or engineers or whatever.

    I'm not sorry I made the decision to go to nursing school. I think nurses rock, but I also think the public's perception of nursing needs to change.
  11. by   JailRN
    ah, yes, but if we went to medical school and got bored with, say being an OB-GYN< we couldn't easily change to being an Oncologist. Now, if we get burned out on ICU< we can do something else. See, we;re actually smarter than doc.

    Besides if we all became docs, there wouldn't be any nurses for us to put down, demean and try to get into the linen closet and still care for our patients.
  12. by   JonRN
    You can be a nurse and a doctor both by getting a Phd in nursing so there, the answer to that question.
  13. by   Agnus
    and we wonder why we are still struggling to establish nursing as a profession.

    We've got a long way to go. Actually we were complimented the other day by my daughter (31) who is impressed by all that we have to know and the knowledge we must have at our immediate fingertips.
    (She has just gone thourgh a series of hospitilizations culminating with surgery)
    Finally some respect for the profession. She once was going to med school and then decided it was not the kind of careing she wanted to do. Her image of nursing was too low. So, that was not the answer either. Now that she has been cared for by some GREAT nurses she has a different opinion. So, now she is very proud and impressed that I am a nurse.