Updated: November 28, 2021

It’s normal to feel anxious before going to work, especially in such a stress-inducing environment. Affirmations have been shown to improve mood and reduce overall anxiety, so they can be powerful tools for that pre-shift anxiety. Say these aloud to yourself, or better yet, record yourself saying them and listen to them as part of your morning routine before work. 

I am a great nurse 

I am so grateful to be alive 

I will care for my patients to the best of my ability 

I make a difference every day 

My patients and colleagues respect me 

I respect myself 

I let go of things I cannot control 

Even when times are hard, I see the good in myself and in others 

I choose hope over fear 

Nursing is who I am 

My happiness is always my choice 

I am enough

Everything I need is within me 

I can, and I will 

Everything will be okay 

I can handle anything that happens 

I am a great nurse 

When you’re done, take a deep breath in, and bask in the glow of the positive energy you have created. 

Sources: 50 State Boards of Nursing, University Websites, U.S. Department of Education, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ranking Methodology.