So I was trotting along in cyberspace, googling the differences between going to med school and nursing school, and I came across an interesting thread on allnurses.com (which I am a member of). I read some extremely profound answers from both physicians and nurses alike. And then, I find this gem:
“Quote from FeeFiFoFum
I’m not sure if someone has already mention this or not, but I will go ahead and state it. I’m sorry if this offends you, but this is my opinion.
Most people that are going to or have gone to nursing school aren’t capable of getting into and/or getting through medical school. By in large, most people would be going to medical school if they had the option. This is a blow to our egos (I’m an RN), and it’s hard to admit, but it’s true. The level of difficulty between the two aren’t even comparable. Of course there are some really smart nurses out there, but most aren’t really physician material.
I’m really, really, really sorry if this offends you, but it’s just my opinion and I am answering the original question. I’m a nurse and there’s no way I could ever get the top grades in the classes that a medical school requires from its’ students.
A lot of this “well, I chose nursing because I like people interaction….or…. i like the hours better…. or…. i like to treat the person and not the disease” is a lot of what we have all convinced ourselves of. Of course there are exceptions but generally i don’t think that’s the honest case at all….
There are “ditzy” medical school students but under that they have the genetic makeup to absorb and regurgitate complex material, which is difficult for most people to do.
also wanted to add, *thinking* you could get through medical school is vastly different than *actually* getting through medical school.”
What kind of ass-backward, backwater shit is this?!? Pardon the language but is this person seriously this down on herself and her profession?!?! Luckily for us, someone put her in her place with this amazing response:
“This is the most asinine thing I’ve ever read. I had the grades to go to medical school. I was top of my class in both my chemistry and physics series. I chose to go into nursing because nurses are bad-ass. They are the Marine Corps equivalent of the medical field. They are knee-deep and see it all. Sure we can’t diagnose, but that doesn’t keep our “puny” brains and “weak” intellect from understanding complex pathophysiology and identifying status trends fast enough to rival most physicians. I’ve seen physicians snub nurses and watch them chase their tails; and I have also seen physicians rely on their nurse’s experienced judgment and succeed.
It must suck to be you; not being able to have pride in the medical institution’s largest force. By the way, I loved your “genetic” theory on intelligence. I love how career success and aptitude is narrowed down by my cellular ability absorb and retain knowledge.
Lastly, I do love the hours. Three days a week, four days off and 100k/year with all I can eat overtime is beautiful. Oh, and I do love to treat the person, because I value relationships more than I value my ability to problem solve–that doesn’t mean I can’t problem solve. I leave that stuff to wrenching on my hot rods. I can take apart a 60’s Camaro and put it back together in just a few weeks, does that mean I’m genetically built to work on cars? No it means I enjoy it!
Has it ever occurred to you that human beings gravitate towards occupations they ENJOY?
I can’t believe I wasted 10 minutes typing this.”
To any and all the nurses out there, it is people like FeeFiFoFum who do a disservice to us and everything we stand for by simply implying that we are essentially failed doctors. I believe we ARE smart enough (maybe not FeeFiFoFum) to pursue med school if we have the PASSION for it. We may not take 3 national board exams to get our license but to become an RN and pass OUR boards, you need to be able to critically think.
I’ve had the misfortune of working with some DOCTORS who FAIL to treat our patients. Time after time the NURSING staff has had to “suggest” labs, CT’s, cultures… etc. all because the doctor was either: 1. not thinking critically or 2. LAZY. I’ve had to hand-hold physicians who have been doing this for YEARS. And it is EXTREMELY hard to do your job when you’re doing BOTH jobs. But nurses do it all the time. They teach residents AND the doctors themselves.
Doctors can learn a thing or two from us, so I’m pretty sure that means we CAN survive med school. We CAN biologically absorb and regurgitate a large body of knowledge. We CAN treat the disease as well as the person. We are NURSES.