What is imposter syndrome costing you?

Imposter syndrome

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).

What imposter syndrome may be costing you

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).

Many nurse practitioners experience imposter syndrome

I am sure these inventors experienced limiting beliefs 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.

As The Burned-out Nurse Practitioner, I have talked to new and experienced nurse practitioners who’ve struggled with imposter syndrome. So many world renown surgeons, movie stars, past first ladies have struggled with inner negative talk.

As humans it is common for us to these limiting beliefs. Our mind were created to protect us from anything unknown or scary. While we can’t change the way we were born, we can work to control the imposter syndrome. I teach nurse practitioners how to manage the limiting beliefs and create confidence.

How to control the imposter syndrome

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

Nurse practitioners can learn to control these negative thoughts and manage the imposter syndrome. In The Burned-out Nurse Practitioner’s online course, Control the Imposter Syndrome, I teach NPs the AAA method.

Nurse practitioners need to become Aware of the negative thoughts and limiting beleifs that hold us back. APRNs need to acknowledge their past Accomplishments and realize they know more than they think. Nurse practtitioners who struggle with other people’s opinions need to Aknowledge these opinions and learn to let them go.

Control the Imposter Syndrome teaches nurse practitioners how to stop doubting, control the crippling negative thoughts, and feel confident as a nurse practitioner.

Check out Control the Imposter Syndrome (only $27!) for more information!

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, overcome nurse practitioner burnout, and advocate for themselves. The Burned-out Nurse Practitioner offers online courses, coaching, and support. Learn more at www.burnedoutnp.com

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