It doesn’t take long for a nurse to have their first “I’m in over my head” moment. Truth be told, most of us had a fair few of those moments while we were still in nursing school! In a fast-paced, complex job, developing confidence in your abilities is vital to your happiness and job performance. Are you interested in building your confidence as a nurse? Here are 5 excellent confidence boosters that will help you be more productive and comfortable at work.
1. Keep learning
Being confident doesn’t mean you feel like you know everything. In fact, the key to confidence and competence is recognizing your own weaknesses. Strengthening your knowledge of complicated subjects will increase your confidence and help you to act quickly under pressure. Read as many trade journals as you can get your hands on. It can also help to review your old textbooks from time to time (with a critical eye, of course, remembering that some information might be out of date).
2. Get some advanced certifications
Knowing how to identify and react to emergent situations is one major area that leaves timid nurses shaking in their Crocs. Most difficult assessments and emergencies, however, can be handled by following simple steps. Learning ACLS algorithms, for example, will help you recognize and handle many life-threatening situations, leaving you more confident every time you clock in.
3. Ask for help
Confidence and cockiness aren’t the same thing. In fact, a nurse who is too proud to ask for advice is very unlikely to deserve their pride. Asking for help and advice from your fellow nurses will help you learn vital skills as quickly as possible. Also, many nurses don’t ask questions because they are too embarrassed to do so. The quicker you overcome that feeling, the better. Nursing care is a team effort – success depends as much on confidence in your team as on confidence in yourself.
4. Cross train
Don’t ever let your career stagnate. Your facility no doubt has many different nursing units that care for different types of patients. Cross training allows you to expand your horizons and learn new skills, both of which are vital to build self-confidence.
5. Be realistic
Expecting too much from yourself will soon leave you disappointed. After all, even the most confident nurses can make mistakes. Rather than beating yourself up, use each mistake as a learning experience.
An important part of feeling confident is feeling comfortable in your nursing position. If you’re looking for a nursing job that will let you reach your full potential and meet your personal needs, we can help. We are currently looking for talented registered nurses to fill part-time, per-diem, contract, and permanent positions across the country. Contact us to find out what exciting RN jobs are waiting for you.