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Tips Nurses Can Use To Build Confidence

Posted by Erica Bettencourt

Fri, Jul 26, 2019 @ 11:01 AM

ConfidenceNursing can be a tough profession. There may be days that stress you out and make you feel bad about yourself. You might question if this is the right job for you or if you're good enough to be a Nurse. Here are a few tips to improving your confidence and staying positive during difficult times.

Fake it till you make it?

An American Sentinel University article discusses the popular mantra and says, "Clearly, as a Nurse you cannot ethically fake skills or knowledge you don’t have. What you can do is to convey confidence that you don’t necessarily feel, by flipping the script. For example, when you don’t know what to do for a patient in distress, don’t focus on your knowledge gap- instead, try to feel confident about your ability to leverage whatever resources you need to figure out the next steps."

Never Stop Learning

No one knows everything but constantly learning and growing your knowledge will make you feel more confident. Always ask questions if you're unsure about something. Try taking workshops or individual classes in areas that you’re not familiar with or want to expand your skillset. Knowledge is power!

Don't Compare Yourself

Sometimes our insecurities can come from watching someone do a great job and wonder if you're doing good enough. Instead of comparing how you work and what you have to others, be proud of the skills you do have and tell yourself you are doing a great job and you are doing the best you can. 

Stand Up to Bullies

Unfortunately, we know bullying exists in the Nursing profession, but you don’t have to succumb to it. Being bullied can effect your self-esteem big time. Bullies feed off of low self-confidence and a passive communication style. Try to hold your head high, make eye contact, and stand up for yourself by speaking with a strong sense of self.

Don't Seek Gratitude

An article by Transition Nursing states, "Unfortunately, as Nurses we are often the last to be “thanked”. You know this to be true and you’ve most likely experienced it. You work hard for your patients, but not every patient will express gratitude. They may be dealing with a new and traumatic diagnosis and because of it, they are not themselves. Remember why you got in to this profession. Be firm in your belief that you have contributed, helped, and cared.

Perfection isn't Real

You are human and no one is perfect. It’s best to admit your flaws and when you've made a mistake. Confident people are able to admit when they are wrong. You cannot convey or build confidence by covering up or denying your role in a mistake, or by reacting defensively. Learn from it and move on.

In your Nursing career, have you experienced self-esteem issues? What helped you overcome those difficult times? Please share with us.


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Top CE courses that build confidence

Posted by Alycia Sullivan

Tue, Feb 05, 2013 @ 01:58 PM

BY JESSICA ELLIS

describe the imageConfidence is a key factor in successful healthcare practice. Not only will you give better patient care when you’re more confident, but you’ll also enjoy giving care that is not hindered by second-guessing yourself. Knowledge is power! Here are a few CE courses essential for improving your basic knowledge and confidence:

1. Conflict Management

Face it: Conflict is impossible to avoid, especially in healthcare settings where tension runs high and patient outcomes may involve death. Do you know how to effectively address conflict among your peers, management and support staff? Hint: Avoidance doesn’t work. Learn how to manage conflict in a professional manner and your confidence will soar!

2. Time Management Strategies

Ever been so busy during a shift that you drive home with the nagging feeling you forgot something? Time management is essential to decreasing feelings of being overwhelmed and sloppy. This course will outline various time management methods and help you identify your own barriers to effective time management.

3. Team Building

As much as we sometimes hate to admit it, we need the assistance of our coworkers. Think about it. Are you more confident when you feel left alone to handle everything? Or are you more confident when you know your peers will jump in and help when needed? Do you know how to improve the team mentality on your unit? Having team building skills will not only improve productivity and patient safety, but also you’ll be in a better position to enjoy showing up for shift with a positive and calm attitude.

4. Medical Terminology 101

Did you ever read through doctors’ or radiologists’ notes and say to yourself, “Sounds like Greek to me!” Well, it just may be. While medical words rely heavily on Latin origins, the terminology also uses “pieces” from the Greek language. Taking a terminology course will help you memorize medical terms by body system. At the end of the day, patient chart comprehension will definitely improve your confidence!

5. Phlebotomy Basics

If you’re a seasoned nurse or provider, you may or may not be 100% up to speed in your phlebotomy or intravenous access skills. This course helps practitioners at all levels of experience review the principles of safe and appropriate venipuncture, including identifying patients and reporting critical levels of laboratory results.

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