Journal of Nursing Jocularity

Journal of Nursing Jocularity

Archive for December, 2008

A Little Explanation…Just What the Dr. Ordered!

It was a warm spring day when my student called with a question on her assigned patient. The physician had ordered a stool for Ova and Parasites, and she wanted to know how to collect the specimen.  I told her to obtain the specimen on a tongue blade and take it immediately to the lab.

Shortly after, I was at the elevator when the door opened and there was my student, in the middle of a crowded elevator.  She looked so prim and proper in her crisp student nurse uniform wearing her nursing cap.  Then I noted the uncomfortable faces of everyone else in the elevator.

The student was holding a tongue blade with a large lump of stool precariously balanced on it!

In Lesson Two, I taught the need for proper containers, the labeling of lab specimens, and the importance of the feedback loop in communications!

Posted in: School Days

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Don’t Panic!

During a recent fire drill, I was closing doors to patient rooms.  An 86 year old patient was talking on the phone when I reached her room.  As I started to shut her door, she asked, “What’s that ringing noise?”

“Don’t worry,” I said. “We’re just having a fire drill.”

As I was leaving, I heard her say, “No, everything’s just fine, dear.  The hospital’s on fire but a nice little nurse just came to lock me in my room.”

— From Kathryn Frasern, RN, C

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From Ha-Ha to a-HA!: Using Humor to Transform Nursing Education by Shirley K. Trout, PhD, MEd

JNJ a magnet pulling humor people together

When I discovered the original JNJ 20 years ago, it was like a magnet attracting people from around the world who recognized the value of humor in nursing. I wasn’t even a nurse, but I always felt included in that interesting, quirky community. Now it’s time to welcome an entire new generation to this wonderful community through JNJ’s rebirth.

Joining effort to redesign nursing education

I’m still not a nurse, but I am contributing to nursing education redesign as a veteran curriculum designer. Today’s thought leaders, such as The Carnegie Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, are united in their cry for nursing education to transform and teach for understanding, rather than just memorization. And guess what helps make this transformation faster and more effectively than any teaching technique? HUMOR! (more…)

Posted in: Columns, Integrating Humor

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Doctors’ Opinion of The Financial Bail Out Package

The allergists voted to scratch it

And the dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves

The gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it

but the neurologists thought the administration had a lot of nerve,

and the obstetricians felt they were all laboring under a misconception

The opthalmologists considered the idea short sighted

while the pediatricians said, “Oh, grow up!”

The psychiatrists through the whole idea was madness

The radiologists could see right through it,

and the surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing.

The internists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow,

and the plastic surgeons said, “This puts a whole new face on the matter!”

The podiatrists thought it was a step forward,

but the urologists thought the scheme wouldn’t hold water.

The anasthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas,

and the cardiologists didn’t have the heart to say no.

In the end, the proctologists left the whole thing up to some assholes in Washington!

Posted in: PRN: Funny Stories

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Getting Ready To Go!

As you can see from all the construction in these parts, we’re getting the new Journal of Nursing Jocularity ready to go!  It’s an exciting time: we’re lining up some of the funniest people we know to help JNJ bring smiles to your face. 

Any party’s only as good as the guests that come: that’s why we want to take a moment here, at the get go, to specially invite you along for the ride.  The original JNJ was by nurses, for nurses, and we want that to be the case again: who knows what makes us laugh better than we do?

So if you’ve got a funny story that happened on your floor, or have a tale to tell about the patient you had to see to believe or (and we know this one NEVER EVER happens!) an incident with a doctor that proved that maybe med school doesn’t teach you everything…let us know!  Send your jokes, stories, and funny tales to  and if it makes our panel of celebrity judges crack a grin, we’ll include it in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Nursing Jocularity — and send you a Prize of Unspeakable Value!!!

Are you artistic?  Got a funny cartoon or visual gag?  We want to see those too!  Send us your work as a JPEG file, and we’ll put it before our panel of celebrity judges!

In your email, make sure to give me your name, let us know if you want your name used (it’s OK to be anonymous or use your initials!) and a mailing address to send your Prize of Unspeakable Value.

We can’t wait to see what you all come up with.  Nurses are really some of the funniest people on the planet: this is your chance to share what makes you laugh — and be part of the proud JNJ legacy!

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