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Young Midwife

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Hey everyone!

I'm an RN in the northeast, set to start a midwifery program this coming January. I'm currently 21 but look about 12. I will be 23 when I graduate with my MSN. I'm a bit worried about patients taking me seriously or doubting my credibility when they see how young I am. I get referred to as "sweetheart" and "honey" at work all the time and it bothers me to no end. Please tell me if I'm just concerned for no reason or if this may be an issue.

Thank you!

Patients will care more how you conduct yourself. Do you look and act professional? Do you know what you're talking about? Do you have an excellent bedside manner? Patients will often form a first impression when you walk into the room but you have then rest of the time you're in the room to show you are a caring, professional, and competent provider.

labordude, BSN, RN

Specializes in L&D, OBED, NICU, Lactation. Has 15 years experience.

I walk into the room like I freakin' own the place. Hi! I'm ldrnicuguy and I'm going to be your nurse for the shift. (For my non-Jehovah's Witness patients I add in)...Let's have a birthday party!

pro-student speaks the truth, confidence and professionalism will win out every time.

yesterdayschild

Has 3 years experience.

I have the same problem with looking much younger than I am. And I work with a CNM that looks a lot younger than she is. But I would echo what others have said, if you are confident and knowledgeable your patients will respect you. Looking young may actually work as a benefit in some cases! Such as with younger patients!