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Imposter syndrome: don’t be too hard on yourself when you transition to a new nursing role

Career transition can be uncomfortable, so be realistic about what you expect of yourself
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Career transition can be uncomfortable, so be realistic about what you expect of yourself

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Much has been written about the impact the transition from student to registrant can have on the health and well-being of newly qualified nurses.

But the effect of going from junior to more senior roles, changing specialties or moving from clinical practice to nurse education, is less understood.

The degree of instability that occurs when changing roles can leave nurses feeling threatened and vulnerable, as they move from the familiar to the unknown.

The risk of developing imposter syndrome

The sense of shock that can be generated as nurses go from expert to novice is particularly challenging, and even the most experienced among us can feel threatened by the transformation required.

Furthermore, nurses can often feel they don’t belong – that securing their much

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