Journal of Nursing Jocularity

Journal of Nursing Jocularity

Archive for February, 2010

Is It Safe To Laugh: When To Use Humor As A Nursing Intravention

It had not been Jenny T’s best day ever. After discovering that she — along with many of her colleagues — were being downsized out of a job, she’d gone out with some friends. They’d had a few drinks, but Jenny wasn’t behind the wheel when they headed home. That didn’t help her much — she’d spent most of the night in the ER, being ‘reassembled’, after the car she was riding in was involved in an accident. We tried to reach her husband, and when we finally did, it turned out he was at his girlfriend’s house and he wasn’t in a big old hurry to come see her — seeing as the girlfriend still had a job and all, he figured it was as good a time as any to jump ship.

What, she asked Linda, her ER nurse, was she going to do?

Linda, a RN with a great deal of experience, had taken in the whole sad tale. She listened, thought about it, and said, “I think you better write this all down and sell it to a country music singer. You’ll make a million dollars.” (more…)

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More Medical Daffy-nitions

Alzheimer’s disease
Ahhhh…ummmm….sorry, it’s gone again

The result of spending too much time in church. A couple of weeks in Vegas usually eliminates the symptoms.

Cerebral hemorrhage
The thinking mans hemorrhage

Club foot

The inevitable result of too many nights on the dance-club floor. A simple remedy for this is particular ailment is marriage.


A type of indigestion brought on by over-consumption of one particular fizzy cola beverage

A strange birth defect in which the sufferer has a body part that would be more in keeping with an elephant, rather than a human. Some get big feet, the well-known “Elephant man” had the trunk, and, of course, the elusive porn stars…..

Irritable bowel syndrome

A condition that may develop when a bowel has had a real gut-full of all the sh** it has to deal with

Middle ear infection

This is rarely seen; mainly because most people have only a left ear and a right ear. But for those lucky enough to have one in the middle, watch out, it might get infected


Normally a place where pigs and teenagers live. So, you want to hope that you don’t get one of these in your eye on the night of the big date….

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The More Things Change

Pt c/o abdominal pain, unspecified. Here’s how the medical community has responded, over the course of time:

2000 B.C. – “Here, eat this root.”
1000 B.C. – “That root is heathen, say this prayer.”
1850 A.D. – “That prayer is superstition, drink this potion.”
1940 A.D. – “That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill.”
1985 A.D. – “That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic.”
2010 A.D. – “That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root!”

Submitted by Terry L., RN

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Comedy Cures!

The ComedyCures Foundation tickles funny bones! They focus on bringing joy, laughter, and therapeutic humor programs to kids and grown-ups living with illness depression, trauma and disabilities. Through large & small scale therapeutic comedy programs, they entertain and educate patients, families and caregivers about the power of a comic perspective and the positive benefits of laughter on the body, mind, and spirit. “Yes, laughter is great medicine!” Love, laughter and hope are communicated in every aspect of our unique programs.

To learn more about ComedyCures, including the inspiring story of founder Saranne Rothberg, a cancer survivor, you’ll want to visit their website!

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