Happy Retirement Sue O'Brien aka SKOB

SKOB.jpgSue O'Brien is retiring from the Cumberland Infirmary after 44 years as an intensive care nurse.

Her colleages affectionately call her SKOB - which stands for Susan Kathryn O’Brien.

Her daughter, Katy Allison, said: "She started student nurse training in 1972, qualified December 1975 and she was a cadet nurse for a year before she started her training. She has always worked on ITU/ICU.

"No one calls her Susan or Sue – all her colleagues know her as SKOB - even when I have had to call her ward to speak to her and ask for Sue, I always get who? I have to ask for SKOB.

Isabel Dawes, sister in ITU, said: “Sue has been a dedicated member of the team and will be missed greatly.

“Her attention to detail and the way she cares for patients is outstanding.

“We have a saying on intensive care the patient has been SKOB’d, meaning they have been bed bathed, sheets changed and look immaculate in the bed, no matter how busy she has been.

“Sue was instrumental in setting up medical device training within the department and the Trust adopted the principles and rolled it out across the organisation.

“Her mandatory training is always 100 per cent and her appraisal paWhatsApp Image 2020-11-23 at 11.56.33 (1).jpegperwork is always done in advance of her appraisal.

“We wish her a happy retirement with her husband, children and grandchildren.”

Other colleagues said: “Enjoy your new chapter in your life” and “Sue is an amazing nurse who we all aspire to be like” and “It’s been such a pleasure to have shared a park of SKOB’s career on ICU."