How to Confidently Say No!



Do you find it hard to say no to any request that people present to you?

Nurses are naturally giving people and saying no can be a challenge to many of you.

There are several reasons why you may find it hard to say no, however, these four are the most common:

  1. You are afraid people will think you are rude.
  2. You want to be agreeable and you believe it is the best thing to do.
  3. You are afraid of burning bridges.
  4. You don’t want to turn people away.

These are not necessarily bad reasons, but being unable to say no may hurt you more than help you.

I was one of those nurses who would always want to do everything for everyone, until I realized doing this was hurting me and not helping me.

If you find it hard to say no, you will find out like me that you have taken on too much and do not have the time to do it.

Your patients and work will suffer because instead of focusing on your own workload, you are busy helping everyone else.

In the end, you get in trouble because you do not complete your work for the day, and “helping others” may not be not an acceptable excuse.

You may get frustrated with yourself because you find you are now in a fix and cannot get out of it.

Here are three simple ways to say no.


  • I’m sorry, but now is a bad time.

You apologize first, which implies if you could, you would -so you are not rude.

You may choose to explain why you can’t or not to explain. It’s up to you.

  • I can’t commit right now.
  • I’m sorry, but I can’t.

These are simple short, polite answers.

One thing we all need to remember is that a day has 24 hours only.

If you value your time, you will be more productive.

Remember to be honest with whatever excuse you give because people will respect the truth and respect you.

Saying no confidently is not easy for everyone. One needs confidence to do this well.

If you are interested in becoming a confident nurse, keep reading and I’ll give you details on how to register for an upcoming teleseminar.

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