You COBs Were Right After All

  1. I have gotten some great advice over the years from COBs that have really enhanced my work/family life. Among them are:
    *Take your breaks and vacations or you'll burn out fast.
    *Toughen up a little or you'll never make it. Doesn't mean you can't be nice, just don't let patients walk all over you.
    *If you are drowning in your assignment ask for help. It's not a sign of weakness.
    *Taking overtime will not endear you in the eyes of anyone and will take away family time. Only do it if you want to or if you need the money.

    This is a COB appreciation thread for those old timers who rarely get the credit they deserve and are usually ranted about on allnurses.
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    About evastone, BSN, RN

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  3. by   Davey Do
    Quote from evastone
    This is a COB appreciation thread for those old timers who rarely get the credit they deserve and are usually ranted about on allnurses.
    Thank you evastone!
    Quote from evastone
    I have gotten some great advice over the years from COBs that have really enhanced my work/family life. Among them are:
    *Take your breaks and vacations or you'll burn out fast.
    *Toughen up a little or you'll never make it. Doesn't mean you can't be nice, just don't let patients walk all over you.
    *If you are drowning in your assignment ask for help. It's not a sign of weakness.
    *Taking overtime will not endear you in the eyes of anyone and will take away family time. Only do it if you want to or if you need the money.
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  4. by   iluvivt
    SO sweet....all true... You can't take good care of anyone else unless you first take care of yourself.
  5. by   Wiggly Litchi
    I'm not even a nurse yet and the COBs have taught me so much (it's one of the reasons I'm so active on the forums).

    Rock on, everyone!
  6. by   TruvyNurse
    This is spot on. I love me some COBs!
  7. by   Kitiger
    What does it take to be a COB (Crusty Old Bat?)

    Would I have to be old?
    Definition of old: 15 years older than I am!

    Or would I have to be crusty?

    I think I could do batty.
  8. by   Daisy4RN
    Quote from evastone
    *Toughen up a little or you'll never make it. Doesn't mean you can't be nice, just don't let patients walk all over you.
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    To that I would also add other staff as some will try to walk over you as well.

    Glad you were able to get good tips that have helped you and your family!!
  9. by   JadedCPN
    I believe I was a COB in a previous life, and strive to continue to be one in this life!
  10. by   Davey Do
    Quote from Kitiger
    What does it take to be a COB (Crusty Old Bat?)
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  11. by   Hoosier_RN
    I was called a COB by a patient today! I almost asked if that made me a "hateful, biter nurse"...anyone who has been on this site long enough remembers this
  12. by   cayenne06
    Ah, the wisdom of experience. Don't work off the clock, accept help and offer it freely in return, USE YOUR PTO, own your role in the caregiver-patient relationship. Never fool yourself into thinking you've finally learned it all. That will never ever happen, and you need to be comfortable with it. The more wisdom you gain, the more aware you become of the vast quantity of information that you *dont even know* that you dont know.
  13. by   sallyrnrrt
    I resemble those remarks
  14. by   meanmaryjean
    Another morsel of COB advice:

    When you are off, be OFF. Do not answer work calls. Make ZERO excuse or explanation why you say 'no' if asked to work extra and you don't want to. "No" is a complete sentence.

    (How's this for crusty? I've been a nurse since patients could smoke in bed and doctors and nurses could smoke at the nurses' station!))

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