Impostor Syndrome And What To Do About It, EPS 219


Do you sometimes feel like a fraud as a nurse or nurse entrepreneur? Impostor Syndrome does rear its ugly head sometimes, and you definitely need to deal with it when it does. This is an awesome, fun, informative, empowering, and action-packed episode that you don’t want to miss!

Are you feeling like a fraud?

Early in this episode, Elizabeth shares that she recently was feeling fraudulent as a nurse business owner because she’s currently back to working full time at Johns Hopkins. Many entrepreneurs can commonly feel like they aren’t “real” business owners because they still have a j-o-b. Kevin unpacks that fear and turns it on his head—including some intense comments about money and our relationship with it—and his explanation is worthy of a listen!

Keith also has a j-o-b, and both he and Elizabeth continue to be fully transparent about their employment status in relation to their entrepreneurial ventures. Kevin points out that keeping a job while building a business can be part of your long-term vision of how your work and business will evolve and develop over time.

Meanwhile, Keith brings up the common feeling of fraudulence that nurses can feel when they work in areas of nursing that aren’t considered “real”. For those in home care, community nursing, school nursing, etc, we can feel like we’re not really nurses like those in the ICU or the ER.

We need to feel authentic in what we do, no matter what it is; mindset is big in this regard. Look at the short-term, mid-term, and the long-term vision of your career, and bear these all in mind along the way.

Taking chances and taking risks are parts of this journey, folks, and if your regular day job somehow supports your entrepreneurial ventures, that’s an awesome plus. And if you’re not a nurse business owner, you need to not feel like an impostor and own where you are, what you do, and what makes your nurse’s heart tick.

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