Do any of you struggle with being confident in your abilities as a nurse? I have been an RN since the early '90s and I still feel sooo inadequate when I'm at work. It seems like other nurses have such a knack for remembering minute details about patients, giving succinct, detailed report, and just being all around good nurses. I have never been in any kind of trouble, I have never been written up, and I have always received positive performance reviews from my immediate supervisors in the nursing profession, and yet I still struggle every single time I work with feeling like I am not remotely as good as the other nurses that I work with. I am a Med/Surg float who only works 2-3 shifts a week, so maybe it's that I have never worked full-time and therefore don't have the "knack" that one develops by working several shifts every week.
Do any of you experienced nurses still struggle with feeling inferior as a nurse, even if nothing has never really happened to prove that it's true? I'm not really addressing this to new grads, because most new grads struggle with confidence. I'm talking about long time career nurses who have never felt that they measured up. Any suggestions? Sometimes I just want to give up nursing for good and find a profession where I wouldn't feel this way every time I go to work.