How do you answer when someone asks you, “What do you do?” Do you ever simply reply, “I am a nurse.” Doesn’t that feel like a skimpy way of describing your profession to someone who isn’t a fellow nurse?

Nurses can learn everything from how to draw blood to how to run a hospital in nursing classes, but there’s one skill nurses don’t learn, says Pamela Smith, EdD, RN, ANP, and a professional coach, leadership consultant and educator with Class Act Consulting and Professional Development, LLC. Self promotion is one topics usually not found in a class and also one of the hardest things for this typically modest group to master, she says.

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