12 Habits of Nurses Who Are Always Confident

Julie Nyhus MSN, FNP-BC
6 min readApr 17, 2020

How to be confident every day, even when you don’t feel confident.

It’s not easy to be confident every day, especially when you’re a new nurse or starting a new job.

I have been a new nurse, not once, but twice. Once as a new RN and again as a new nurse practitioner. I’ve started new nursing positions five times in my life.

I’ve observed nurses along the way and I’ve learned a few things that are worth sharing.

Nurses who are always confident . . .

1. Don’t Pretend

Confident nurses don’t pretend they know everything. Being a new nurse or being in a new nursing position can be challenging, expect it and accept it.

But whatever you do — don’t fake it until you make it. Absolutely don’t do that. There is no benefit to yourself or the patient by pretending you know something when you don’t. Actually, it can be downright dangerous (and unethical) to act like you know what you’re doing when you don’t.

Don’t bother pretending. Don’t assume you know. Don’t impersonate experience.

Be the nurse who is confident about what you don’t know.

2. Act Confident (Because They are Confident)

The confident nurses act confident. The difference between faking it until you make it and acting confident is in the intention. Instead of acting like you know something when you don’t, confidence allows you to approach a new situation with an open mind and a positive attitude.

Being in a new job or being a new nurse means that people will be asking you questions and giving you opportunities to do new things you’ve never done before.

Respond with curiosity and confidence by showing that you’re open to new experiences and that you’re willing to grow as a nurse and as a person.

Use phrases such as, “I’ve never done that, but I’m willing to learn” or “After performing that task, I feel like I can master it with more practice.”

Always speak from the best part of yourself about the best part of yourself.



Julie Nyhus MSN, FNP-BC

Nurse practitioner, health/medical writer, wife, momma, amazing badass rocking 10 years without evidence of cancer! www.nprush.com Twitter @joolzfnp