Help Me Understand! UCD Grad Student Reflections - page 3

I need the help of my fellow nurses to unravel a problem that I am struggling with in our profession. This may be unique to my working world, but I suspect it's not. After 20 years as a nurse, I... Read More

  1. by   wfperseus
    I don't know whether you've ever run across Josephine Ensign's blogs, but I've always found nurse's to be anti-intellectual. I'm very interested in research, which my floor mates have never understood. Following is an article by Ensign:
  2. by   BonnieSc
    I think there's an element of inferiority-complex that plays into this, as well. If you dig deep with many nurses who say they're not interested in higher education or don't plan to go back or even ask why you would, you'll find that they're hiding fear that they're not good enough to go back to school or get an advanced degree. Someone mentioned certification--I think there are any number of nurses who are afraid to try for certification because they think they might not pass the test.

    I think there are multiple reasons for this (in my experience) common attitude. Women (of course most nurses are women, and I hear this attitude more often from women) tend to be more likely to struggle with inferiority feelings than men in the first place. And then, working with doctors and sometimes even patient families, we are continually challenged on our knowledge--it doesn't do a lot to build confidence. But also, I don't think it's surprising that many nurses are "anti-intellectual". Many of the people who are attracted to nursing like it because it's a hands-on job. It's only recently been considered anything other than a blue-collar job, and after living in several different regions, I would say that in some places in the US it is still basically a blue-collar job. Because of that stigma or because of a lack of knowledge about what nurses really do, many "intellectual" types turn away to other professions... or become nurses who never really do bedside work at all.
  3. by   babaloo8
    I think you are absolutely onto something here BonnieSc and I truly appreciate your thoughtful response.
  4. by   eagle78
    I worked in a non-nursing field for 20+ years, when I got the inspiration to pursue nursing alot of my then peers thought I was remarkable. To them I was making a complete 360 degree turn, yes but it was a dream. This is unique for me, as I had always felt I was comfortable with what I was doing and the pay was good. Sometimes we get this urge to do more, as the OP has, and it just will not leave us alone until we pursue it.

    Well, that did not work out. But, despite not being able to pursue nursing I was able to get a BS in biology and am now in graduate school pursuing my MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Now my hope is to pursue research, with an approach of hopefully providing you nurses and other HCP's with the tools they need to tend to the patients. My point in this is that sometimes we are content in what we are doing. I was always fascinated with people who pursued higher education but just never saw it as something for me. I am amazed that I am in graduate school, something I looked at other people doing but never saw for myself. Good luck to you in your goals and always keep your dreams in focus. Peace