Those who CAN…..

I guess many have heard the expression “Those who CAN….DO, Those who CAN’T….Teach”.

I was talking to a co-worker, an RN, who showed me her countdown timer for getting her Nurse Practitioner coursework done.  A long and very expensive endeavor.  I asked her if she was going to go back to “the bedside” and she told me that she would prefer not to.  Granted, I have known her for about a decade now and remember her expertise in the ICU as I was beginning to work here in Injury Prevention.

I agreed that at THIS stage of her career, it was safer and probably more advantageous for her not to subject herself to the rigorous daily effort—albeit with greater responsibility.  I reminded her that I remember all that she taught me and in her current role as a Clinical Coordinator she is responsible for the enhanced education of new and transitioning RNs.  I reminded her of the “Those who can” adage and said that it falls short of accuracy.  Certainly “those who CAN….DO” but those who can ALSO teach so that we may have a new generation of those who CAN.

Pass on what you know to others.  Remember that we come from a long tradition of shaping others by our past experiences.

“A wise man learns from his mistakes.  A wiser man learns from the mistakes of others.  A fool never learns” (paraphrased from many sources).

About BarryFN

Native New Yorker, Catholic school and private college educated, Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Navy. Sailor, Pilot, Instructor, parent and gatherer of information.

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