Quote from WitchyRN
I'm going to respectfully disagree with you on this...One of the reasons nurses don't get respect is because somehow, the "personality" takes precedence over the skills and scientific knowledge that nurses need to have. Not bragging here, but I got A's in all of my prereq's(except physiology-got a B)and did extremely well in clinical. I also am a good nurse. I still say that if you consistently have problems with the math and science classes(especially dosages-this is 5th grade math!) perhaps nursing isn't the wisest career choice. Just because it is someones fondest wish to be a nurse doesn't mean that they should be one.
Yes, there are always exceptions, but by and large, unintelligent people tend not to make competent nurses.
Always good to agree to disagree. I have to say that "unintelligent" people ,as u say, brings in a broad range of people. Math is a necessary skill to master, and it can be by most . Also there are many tools available to assist in this. But , I would bet my shoes that u will find more so called "intelligent" people making mistakes out there then those that had to struggle. In years past I have found that those who have struggled academically to succeed,take more time to check their doses,ask more questions,follow procedures and practice guidelines and do not take their "degree" for granted.
Many so called "intelligent" students, come out of school feeling superior(RN itis) and well prepared for their career. Well as most people will tell u that school provides a foundation but is not much more then that. The real learning takes place in the experiences to come and ones openess to osmosis like learning. Gut feeling,ability to set priority,pt.advocacy,team working, "gray" area thinking, are all skills that come with practice and time,and the openess to learn from others.
I am not saying that "intelligence" does not play a major part of nursing. I am just saying that there are many different kinds of intelligence.