I always took it to be this way...you start out in anything...you hav to have rules right? For us..that is the books and education you start with! Got to know your ABC's before you can go on...and that is what the books are there for!
Then..you start experimenting a bit...learning new connections, finding the way you interpret things and connect it all..it grows with you...just like the ABC's...you go from simply spelling
your name or 'cat' or whatever to understanding "endoplasmic reticulium" or "diaphoretic" or "ecchymosis". And it all came from BOOK SMARTS followed by experience, connections and your own personal style of learning!
The brain is so amazing!
There is nothing wrong with booksmarts as long as you realize that it can be improved with further education, some experience, a look into your own personal learning/applying skills..and well...a lot of trail and error in the right direction...and a LOT OF YOU! That is the ART of NURSING!
Good wording actually...The art of nursing....one can give you the book to learn how to hold a brush, or spin a potters wheel or what not..but you can't be an ARTIST till you actually put yourself into it...and nursing is that!!!!! So much of you!