Meet sweet Jen. She is an experienced & awesome ICU nurse but is now transitioning into an OB nurse. She is rocking the transition! I have been training her on our Postpartum unit for the last 2 nights. Before we started our orientation together she shared with me how excited she was to train with me because of how great she heard I was & that she just knew she would learn so much from me. I was a little overwhelmed by all her lovely compliments and expectations. The situation reminded me of my old old ways of receiving compliments & how I use to view myself in my career.
When my husband was getting his Masters in Family & Marriage therapy 7 years ago he shared with me the Imposter syndrome.
The Impostor syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments, and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud".
It was life changing for me to learn about this because I realized I had walked in that syndrome in nursing school and then in my nursing career. I took the steps of recognizing those thoughts & fears. When they came I did not accept them. I eventually started to believe peoples compliments about me. I became confident!!!! I share this because there
might be some of you that suffer from the same thing or know someone. It doesn’t have to be at your job. It can be your role as a spouse, parent, and even a friend.
It’s a mistake to assume the people around you know more or deserve their position or success more; they often just have more confidence. If you act like you belong, soon you will. Being humble and confident beats overconfidence almost every time. Receive those compliments and compliment yourself on where you are today & who you are! Thank you Jen for reminding me of who I am & for being such a great Orientee!!!
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