Do you have to be "super smart" to be a nurse? - page 3

I not a dummy ( I don't think hee hee) but I know I'm not "brilliant" either. :rolleyes: I scored a 24 on my ACT. I have an IQ of about 123, so I'm no Einstein, but do I have to be to be a nurse?... Read More

  1. by   Agnus
    Average intelligence.
    Smart, absolutely. The ability to put seemly unrelated knowledge and information together and use it to draw an conclusion. As well as understanding your own thought processes in doing this, aka critical thinking, aka independent thinking. The ability to intelligently defend your position.

    Perserverance. Those who do not make it are easily disheartened.

    School takes time every second of every day that you have.
    Takes energy. Take care of your health. You need to to get thought school and then later to work.
  2. by   SeptSue
    All these years I always wanted to be smarter. Yet, in my job my co-workers and supervisors often complimented my work. I've been offered jobs because people said they liked the way I worked. What does supersmart mean? You have to care about people (your patients, your co-workers, just about everybody), you have to know what you're doing (and know when you don't know - so that you'll learn ongoing), and be able to listen/understand. I'm still trying to be smarter.
  3. by   Sally_ICURN
    If I or someone close to me were a patient in the hospital dependent upon the services of a nurse, I would want a nurse who is proficient in their field. It doesn't necessarily mean one has to be "super-smart," it means someone who is ethical, has my best interest in mind, is able to recognize subtle changes in my condition, and who realizes that they don't know it all but knows where to turn to find the answer.

    We all know the Nurse is the primary caregiver in patient care. We are the six senses for the doctors, some have a seventh sense. It is more often than not that a patient's course is based on our findings and observations--both objective and subjective.

    We must NEVER underestimate our important contribution.

  4. by   SandyB
    Good study skills and test taking ability to get thru school. Caring, compassion and good coping skills to name a few, once you are out of school and working.
  5. by   NurseGirlKaren
    So many good replies. Yes common sense, yes reasonable intelligence.

    Regarding some of the dolts that I worked with in a previous job, a friend of mine (who still works there) says "that's fine, they can keep their jobs, they're here to make me look good!!!"
  6. by   BeachNurse
    Good study skills and motivation are needed in nursing school...but to become a nurse you don't need to be "super smart". A combination of knowledge and common sense make you a GOOD nurse.
  7. by   Teshiee
    To be honest you must have common sense. I have had nursing students who made straight A's but didn't have a clue when it came to the clinical setting. I am not saying all students who makes A's are dingy but common sense is either you have it or you don't. Other than studying you will be fine.
  8. by   mumseyllama
    It's such a pleasure to have folks want to go into nursing. It scares me that most of us are getting on in years.
    While you certainly need to be intelligent you don't need to be a whiz in calculus and organic chem. I think it's a shame there isn't more humanities involved in nursing programs since they make you a much broader,more compassionate person.
    Nursing is a wonderful profession with great flexibility and opportunity to learn in so many different fields. And once you're hired your institution will pay for your continuing education!
    I've been in psych for 18 years, am thinking of entering an OR internship and, despite its many pitfalls, find nursing a great place to be.
  9. by   litepath
    Woo hoo~~123!! Whats that mean?? IQ is what intelligence tests measure..a quotient. That high IQ tells you, you will probably do well in your pursuit of subject matter in school, but it doesn't clue you in on whether your dexterity skills, critical thing skills,or interpersonal skills are intact. And though those skills can be learned it still requires determination, desire and love.

    ...I like alot of the info given in these posts, but one of the sentiments that sticks out is Emotional intelligence!! You have it, your body is full of it, but can you access it?

    School is the right time to expose any weaknesses you have. Become aware of those weaknesses, if any, and ask for guidance from peers or especially teachers. In the same light, capitalize on your strengths, help others with these strengths.

    Don't forget, everyones a teacher, the student has to be ready!

    Good Luck~~
  10. by   Chiaramonte
    I agree that dedication, hard work, and pure determination is more important than worrying if you're smart enough.
    If you make the committment the rest will come in time.
  11. by   mattsmom81
    Ahhh...let's not forget developing the 'duck's back' mentality...learning to let stuff roll off ya and not take it to heart...or this profession can be one's undoing if we are extremely dedicated but a bit too sensitive.

    Like every other job there will be jerks...we have to learn how to deal with them and not internalize. Very important skill in nursing.
  12. by   Rootbear76
    You all ROCK!!!! I'm so glad I've gotten such great advice! I agree with the person who said that starting out you should access your weakness, that's why I want to know AS MUCH as possible about what it takes to be a GREAT nurse, not Good, GREAT! Thanks guys !
  13. by   mattsmom81
    Best wishes to you in your who asks questions thoughtfully will ALWAYS give themselves the best chance of sucess!! In career and in life!

    Good luck..I don't think you'll need it tho!