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Do patients question your expertise?

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Specializes in CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele. Has 27 years experience.

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thenursemandy

Specializes in Med-Surg, LTC, Psych, Addictions.. Has 13 years experience.

I've been a nurse for 9 years, since I was 21. I still look very young and sometimes residents and their family think I'm in High School still...no joke. BUT, I carry myself with confidence and no one has ever really questioned my abilities.

A few did early on in my career, but I just answered honestly. Just last week, an attending physician called the patient's daughter and left a message. When the daughter called back, she said "I don't trust her because I don't know her" and "she can't be a real doctor because she sounds like she's 12 yr old...she's a student right?" I just had to laugh at that, but I see her point because this attending sounds like a child or perhaps Hello Kitty!

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

I've been a nurse for 9 years' date=' since I was 21. I still look very young and sometimes residents and their family think I'm in High School still...no joke. BUT, I carry myself with confidence and no one has ever really questioned my abilities.[/quote']

^Really don't have anyone question my abilities, just my age. In the 13 years of being in healthcare, I have aged from 12-13 to 17-early 20s. When I tell my clients I'm in my 30s, they get a kick out of that!!! :)