Davey Do, ADN, ASN, CNA, LPN, RN, EMT-B, EMT-I Guide 64,046 Views
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This is a COB appreciation thread for those old timers who rarely get the credit they deserve and are usually ranted about on allnurses.
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.
I am seriously thinking about doing some travel nurse assignments.
No one can make us feel any way we don't choose to feel. Sure, feeling bad is an appropriate reaction to being negatively scrutinized, but we need to take responsibility for our feelings.
Giving ourselves bad messages, self-deprecatory remarks like incompetent, stupid, or idiot isn't going to raise our self-confidence or esteem any.
We are sometimes our own worse enemies when we visualize such things as we perceive a tone/cattiness in another's voice like we could literally see her eyes rolling in their head through the phone. It is we who are responsible for congering these images- no one is making us perceive them.
How do we deal with the negative scrutiny of others when we believe we are acting prudently to the best of our ability? One way is to follow a concept taught in the 12 step Emotions Anonymous program:
"My happiness does not depend on what others do or say or what goes on around me. My happiness is a result of being at peace with myself."
If we act prudently, on the the behalf of those we serve, we can be at peace with, or happy with, ourselves. To make another's opinion of who we are more important than the opinion we have of ourselves gives the other power over us. Only then can someone else make us feel a certain way.
The very best to you.
Bugya and Sour Lemon gave some good information and I want to add to that information by addressing your feelings of nervousness. I also want to say that I applaud your action of gathering data before embarking upon a new adventure.
You are a nurse who has worked successfully in an institution for five years. You have the credentials. It is the responsibility of the employer to convey information to you in a way that you can understand, apply it, and do your job.
You are going to feel overwhelmed with information, but we all learn through association and repetition; associate new information with information you already posess and get to know your job through doing it over and over again.
We have all been newbies, felt nervous, but eventually got into a groove. You will too, ThinkerBell!
Good luck and the best to you!
We have a nurse who is well known by the other nurses to hide out and do as little work as possible.
I can assure you that if it has been going on for years, management is well aware and doesn't care.
That said, every once in a while there is that one individual who is relatively inexperienced, but is pompous, pretentious, and truly believes that they are personally God's greatest gift to the nursing profession in our lifetimes.
These, and several other similar incidents have been reported to unit management, who state "he will grow into the position."
what can be done?
just wait it out, these kind almost always dig their own grave.
I think you know the answer to this question, slow down when you are counting.
Recently, a friend of mine passed her NCLEX and I'm wondering how common it is that newly licensed nurses develop arrogance after passing the exam.
Would you personally treat a colleague differently if you found out that he/she was around my age?
How long have you been a nurse?
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