Impostor Syndrome: A Source Of Stress - page 2
by TheCommuter 4,890 Views | 15 Comments Senior Moderator
Although the impostor syndrome is not an officially recognized diagnosis, many educated professionals have experienced the conflicting feelings and distressing emotions that accompany this phenomenon. The impostor syndrome is a... Read More
- 1Jul 11, '12 by Nascar nurseThanks Commuter for another great article. What I find most interesting is the wide range of experiences in the responses received. Several new (or soon to be) nurses feeling this way but my initial reaction to the title was that you were speaking to me...and I've been doing this for years!
Today I had a phone screening for a clinical nurse corporate position in LTC. I was told at the end of the phone conversation that she was very excited about my knowledge and experience and I should expect a call to set up a more formal interview within a couple of days. I hung up the phone feeling excited but also nervous that this upcoming phone interview would reveal that I was in fact just an imposter.
To the poster asking why it may be bad to feel like you are an imposter: I fear that my feelings may somehow be projected in this upcoming interview. I have done every job there is to do in the nursing department in LTC. I have 27 years experience. It seems absolutely ridiculous that I would have any fear of not being qualified for this job or not being worthy of such a position - but I do. I need to get over it. If I want this position I am going to need to be able to portray all of the strengths that I have spent years accumulating. To use the Army's phrase - I need to be all I can be.
Thanks Commuter for giving it a name. I can fight it if I know what to call it.
- 0Jun 12, '13 by danggirl16Awesome! I know it's an older post but I'm so happy to have found it...that it has a name (I always said it is my 'Superwoman syndrome) and that others have similar experiences. I've been a nurse for 18 years and it has never gone away. The cool thing (lol to me) is once my scrubs go on, I turn into a completely different person. I believe I've always had a bit of social phobia and definitely low confidence/self-esteem. Scrubs on, I'm perfectly confident in my nursing abilities, have zero problem engaging others, can make on the spot decisions etc. Scrubs come off, I'm lucky if I can manage even a second of eye contact in Walgreens after spending 30 minutes in a state of indecision over a toothbrush! At those times I cannot believe I'm really a nurse. People can compliment me or comment on my skill/intelligence...not only do I not believe them, I almost feel guilty...scared they will find out I've been faking it all these years! I'm grateful for the Superwoman scrub phenomenon or there's no way I could actually be a nurse!