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Imposter Syndrome in Nursing Leadership
Published:November 07, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mnl.2022.10.003
      Nurse leaders have a complex role in patient and staff outcomes. Nurses graduate from nursing schools clinically proficient but may lack leadership and team-building skills. This may lead to an imbalance in the executive suite and result in nurse leaders developing imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome can occur at times of career transition, and emerging nurse leaders may be particularly affected. Education focused on topics such as peer-mentoring, reflection, and identification of attributes can help combat feelings associated with imposter syndrome and increase authentic leadership capabilities in nurse leaders.
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      Biography

      Karen R. Fowler, PhD, RN, CENP, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas. Email: [email protected] ; Lizette Villanueva, PhD, RN, CNE, CHW, Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Hunt School of Nursing, El Paso, Texas.