Do you ever feel like you aren’t good enough? Do you wish you knew more? Do you doubt your abilities?
We are all guilty of self-doubt. How about we change that and all start to promote self-love?
I certainly find that out on placement I worry if I am good enough. If I will settle in okay and be accepted as part of the team. If I will still remember all of the skills I have learnt on previous placements or during skills sessions at university. If I have enough clinical knowledge. This then turns to me admiring the other nurses I am working with. I often catch myself thinking “they seem like they know everything”, “I wish I knew that” or “how do they know that?” However, this line of thinking is so wrong! It is time we gave ourselves a break. Of course they are going to be more knowledgeable because this has been their career for many years. I surprise myself when I reflect on how far I have come both skills wise and knowledge wise in only a few short weeks out on placement so imagine where I will be in a few years time! Nursing is a career that requires you to constantly be learning, to develop your skills and to master new and changing guidelines. No one can ever know everything but over time your knowledge base will expand and you will become more confident in your abilities.
Each time you have that beginning of self-doubt, stop it in it’s tracks and take a minute to reflect on how far you have come, what you have achieved and what you are proud of. Being a student is tough, you don’t need extra pressure from yourself on top of it. I hope this can help those of you who may be struggling at the moment. Keep moving forward and appreciate the journey that you have taken to get to this stage now.