Ep 216: Identifying & Treating Imposter Phenomenon as a CRNA

 

Check out the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

On This Episode:

It’s not something people openly talk about but feeling like you’re professionally inadequate happens to a lot of people. This is known as imposter phenomenon (IP) and it’s something that CRNAs deal with much more than you might realize. We’ve invited former CANA president Jeffrey Darna, PhD, DNP, CRNA, ACNP-BC onto the show to explain why high-achieving individuals have this self-perception of intellectual phoniness and what we can do to treat it.

Despite over 45 years of research and more than 300 studies, IP is still not an official psychological disorder. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have an emotional impact on individuals that feel this way. Darna has spent much of his own time trying to better understand this because it can result in professional underdevelopment and psychological distress.

This episode will hopefully make it easier to identify and treat OP if it’s something that you’ve struggled with.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn on this show:

  • What imposter phenomenon actually means and how it has evolved over decades. [4:58]
  • What triggers this within someone? [8:00]
  • The attributes that you’ll find in someone who has this. [13:24]
  • The different levels of intensity for imposter phenomenon. [14:46]
  • The ways you can treat IP if you are dealing with it. [20:37]
  • How prevalent is IP in the CRNA profession? [24:35]
  • Hear about our own experiences dealing with IP. [28:56]

Check out the interview at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.


“One of the first things you can do is you need to name it. That’s the first thing. You have to recognize that you have it and know what some of your triggers are.”

-Jeffrey Darna, PhD, DNP, CRNA, ACNP-BC

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