Journal of Nursing Jocularity

Journal of Nursing Jocularity

Archive for August, 2009

Stand Up For Mental Health

Most people think you have to be nuts to do stand up comedy — but we think of it as therapy! Stand Up For Mental Health is David Granirer’s innovative, groundbreaking program.

David teaches stand up comedy to people with mental illness as a way of building their confidence and fighting public stigma, prejudice, and discrimination.

Our shows look at the lighter side of taking meds, seeing counsellors, getting diagnosed, and surviving the mental health system. We perform at conferences, treatment centers and psych wards in partnership with numerous mental health organizations. SMH performs in Prisons, on Military Bases and University and College Campuses, at Government, Corporate and Community fundraisers and Forums, and Most Importantly, for the General Public across Canada and the US.

David, who himself suffers from depression says: If you have bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health diagnoses, you’re a perfect fit for this program!

Check out the website for info on the program, links to performances, and the Cracking Up documentary!

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Star Charts by Suzanne LaBarne

Horoscopes just for Nurses!


We know an apple a way keeps the doctor away, Virgo…but even buying out the produce department of every grocery store for a thousand miles won’t keep you from running into trouble with your ‘favorite’ doc. Remember: you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar. The real question is, why do you want all those flies?


Your entrepreneurial spirit takes center stage this week, Libra: custom masks to coordinate with scrubs through flu season may be the next big thing…


It’s going to be a great week, Scorpio! Use your therapeutic communication skills as often as possible: either you’ll gain great insight into everyone around you or they’ll find you so annoying that they leave you alone and you get some much-needed peace and quiet! Either way, you win!


Trust us. Nothing you find in the hospital gift shop will convince your sweetie that you didn’t forget their special day. Make the detour on the way home and get something else: it’ll be totally worth it.


This is your week for unexpected gifts, Capricorn. You just have to learn to recognize them. Moments like the in-service on circumcision counseling for new parents being unexpectedly cut short? Enjoy them!


Carefully progress through delicate conversations early this week, Aquarius, and the remainder of the week should be smooth sailing. Be too forthright right off the bat, and headaches will follow you all the way to the weekend.


Be open to unexpected opportunities, Pisces: that rambling patient who is intent on telling you every moment of their life history in real time may actually be a time-traveler sent back from a catastrophic future to save humanity from itself. Or, conversely, telling your NM that you think that’s the case may get you the week off!


The good luck continues for Aries this week. Share some of your cheer by telling funny stories to coworkers and colleagues: they can use the lift.


A patient is brought in with chronically rolling eyes, which sounds horrible until you discover she’s 15. Sometimes we pathologize ‘normal’ behavior. Your exceptional good sense will help you keep perspective!


Something strange is going on, Gemini, be ready for anything. This includes boating accidents for those of you in the land-locked Midwest, skiing difficulties in the desert, and more…Remember to take notes: writing a best selling memoir is a vital part of your retirement plan!


Mental acrobatics are required to keep on top of everything required of you this week, Cancer: you’re the star in the Cirque du Soliel of charting! A quick wit and prophylactic doses of Tylenol make it bearable — as does the knowledge that smooth sailing awaits once this week is over.


Career planning never stops: you find yourself assessing options and planning your next five years this week, Leo. Even if nothing is changing, this is an exciting time: you’re determining your destiny!

Star Charts by Suzanne LaBarne are intended for entertainment purposes only!

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Nurse Marge in Charge

Dear Nurse Marge,

I’ve been out of nursing for a while now. I meant to take a year off when my baby was born, and now that year’s stretching into a decade. You’ve been hanging in there this whole time, and so I’ve got to ask: what’s changed while I’ve been away? What surprises are in store for me?


The Catch Up Kid

Dear Catch Up,

Let me see if I can cast my mind back ten years. Of course, I’m writing this after a surprise double, and it would take a miracle for me to remember where I parked the car ten minutes ago, much less what I was doing ten years ago!

What stands out from ten years ago? I was doing a lot of running then: running to answer the call light seventeen times a minute, running to the phone to clarify illegible orders, running to make sure all of my charting was done, running to catch the visiting child who co-opted a Geri chair and was about to race it right into an isolation room.

Is any of this coming back to you? If you’re remembering that, I want you to think about what you were wearing on your feet. Can you recall those heavy Reebok-style sneakers? Oh, we thought they were great. Support and (ha!) style, all in one.

Now, of course, the shoes are different. There’s more variety. Some of the shoes will even make your feet feel better, they certainly look more stylish (although I’m sure I’ll be laughing about that a decade from now!) and they weigh a lot less.

That’s great news, because everything else is pretty much how you remember it. The widespread adoption of text messaging and video games means that patients can now hit the call button much faster than ever before: anecdotal studies report some patients being able to summon help up to 85 times in a single minute. The handwriting’s gotten worse — who writes anymore? But many residents and doctors have really tried to help the nursing profession with that little problem by failing to record any orders at all! The new generation of visitor’s children don’t actually run around all that much — the whole exercise concept eludes them — but you still have to chase family members away from the med cabinet (It’s amazing how many look there for ‘souvenirs’ of their visit to Grandma’s bedside!)

Sure, there’s been some advances in the whole

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