What is imposter syndrome costing you?

If you struggle with negative thoughts or limiting beliefs as a nurse practitioner, there may be more negative impacts than you realize. Imposter syndrome is

  • Limiting and negative beliefs that hold us back from living out our true potential
  • Second guessing our clinical decisions
  • Lacking the confidence needed to practice as a nurse practitioner
  • Inability to accept a compliment or take credit for our successes
  • Feeling like a fraud or imposter and fearing someone will figure you out
  • Feeling like you’re not good enough and everyone is smarter than you

If you experience these thoughts, you are not alone! Through my work as a nurse practitioner burnout coach, I have talked to so many new and experienced APRNs who have struggled with these negative and limiting beliefs. Heck, I have even struggled with imposter syndrome (read more here).

However, these thoughts hold you back from so much potential and accomplishments. Imposter syndrome may be costing you time and energy, financial implications, career advancement, or groundbreaking ideas. The imposter syndrome can show up as:

  • Not asking for a raise
  • Not applying for your dream job
  • Not providing quality care of your patients
  • Not sharing ideas with others
  • Causing you to have low job satisfaction
  • Contributing to your nurse practitioner burnout

Think about if Thomas Edison never shared his idea of how to make a light bulb. Or Alexander Fleming would have never shared his discovery of penicillin. Or if the latest cancer immunotherapy treatment was never shared. How many people would this impact (hint: it’s more than just yourself).

I am sure these inventors experienced some kind of imposter syndrome before they shared their brand new idea to the world. I’m sure there were other people’s opinions they had to deal with while managing their own negative thoughts. But think about how all thought leaders have gone before us and learned to control the limiting beliefs.

Don’t let the imposter syndrome cost you the life you want to live!

For more information on how to manage the negative thoughts and limiting beliefs, checkout my online course: Control the Imposter Syndrome (only $27!)

Erica D the NP is a family nurse practitioner and burnout coach. Erica created The Burned-out Nurse Practitioner to help overwhelmed APRNs create work-life balance, conquer burnout, and advocate for themselves. The Burned-out Nurse Practitioner offers online courses, coaching, and support. Learn more at www.burnedoutnp.com

For time management and charting tips, check out The Nurse Practitioner Charting School– The one stop for all documentation resources created specifically for nurse practitioners. Learn more at www.npchartingschool.com

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