Things Nurses Need to STOP Telling Themselves

There are a lot of things I catch myself thinking, and a lot of things I hear other nurses say that simply aren’t true. We have got to stop burdening ourselves with negative thoughts.

I’m too old to go back to school. The thought of going back to school can seem intimidating if it’s been a while since you cracked the books. And if nursing school was your last example of what being a student was like, that will give you plenty to be wary about! But advancing your degree once you’re a nurse isn’t as bad as those first years trying to get your license. What you should be telling yourself is that you’re too smart to not go back to school.

Management hates me. No, they don’t. They’re too busy worrying that their boss hates them. If you genuinely do good work and at least try to be a good nurse, chances are your manager thinks your worth your weight in gold. Seriously.

No one notices. People like to be recognized. That’s okay. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always happen. But don’t believe for one second that someone isn’t noticing all of the good work you’re doing.

Certification isn’t important. WRONG! Certification is very important, and if you haven’t already signed up to take the exam, you should! You know more than you think you do.

They think they know everything. We have to stop believing that any of our coworkers are know-it-alls. We should be celebrating the fact that they know something. And if they truly know everything, we can all just sit quietly and wait for the shoe to drop.

It doesn’t make a difference. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard a nurse say it doesn’t make a difference, or nothing changes anyway. The only thing I can guarantee is that it won’t if you don’t believe it will.

This coworker doesn’t like me. Nurses are great at assigning motivation. We have to stop that! There’s nothing about you to not like.

My patients don’t notice. Do not ever believe that your patients don’t notice the small acts of kindness you deliver. And if they truly don’t notice in that moment, we have to believe that one day they will remember the compassionate care we provided.

This physician has it in for me. They don’t. They’re too busy with all their own mess to worry about how to take you down.

My patients don’t care. Often I hear nurses ask why they should put in any effort if the patient doesn’t care anyway. But they do care! They may need a little education to help guide them in the right direction, but we have to start giving our patients more credit.