The short answer to this question is no. Nurses don’t need to be good at science, but they do need to be able to understand and apply scientific concepts. The long answer is that it depends on what you mean by “good.”
Nurses don’t need a deep understanding of the scientific method, or even a basic one for that matter. They don’t need to know about cell theory, or how the immune system works. They don’t need to know how viruses replicate or how bacteria spread from one host to another.
However, nurses do need to understand certain concepts related to anatomy and physiology — especially those that relate directly to their patients’ health and safety. A nurse who understands how the respiratory system works may be able to determine whether a patient should receive oxygen therapy or not based on their condition. A nurse who understands how infections are spread can help prevent further infections from occurring in the hospital setting.
In addition to understanding basic scientific principles, nursing school educates students on how technology can be used in their practice as well as other areas such as epidemiology (the study of patterns of illness) and statistics (the analysis of numerical data).
Last modified: August 7, 2022