Journal of Nursing Jocularity

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Archive for May, 2010

Not So Serious Self Care: Leading With Laughter

“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership.”
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

The secret for effective humor in leadership is to set the tone for humor, while at the same time, set high expectations. Effective leaders understand that there are three primary benefits for using humor with their staff: Stress management, communication, and motivation. (more…)

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Star Charts by Suzanne LaBarne

Horoscopes just for Nurses!


Communicative Gemini finds frustration in every direction this week: patients, colleagues and friends and family all seem out of sorts and unable to comply with simple requests. Fear not, they’ll be back on track by Friday!


Trust your gut always — but especially BEFORE you try that soup from the cafeteria!


Summer loving Leo longs for ‘rollover minutes’ for nursing…come in early enough on Monday and it won’t matter if you’re late on Friday! Go ahead and make this happen and we’ll all applaud you!


For the ultimate in infection control, stay home! It’s advice scrupulous Virgo is tempted to take themselves, not just offer up to persistent visitors…but it’s hard to be a working nurse and not get too close to sick people.


Technically, failure to take the patient’s Ativan yourself isn’t a med error. No need to document.


Not normally known for the warm and fuzzy advice, this week Scorpio provides critical emotional support to a colleague in need. You might not know what a difference you’re making, but you’re making a difference!


If you have two men standing in the kitchen, which one is the cowboy? The one on the range! Laugh often this week, Sagittarius — even when it’s silly! You need the smiles!


If the cereal’s in the refrigerator, where’s the milk? Perhaps a little time recharging the batteries and getting some sleep is in order!


Sensitive Aquarius is buoyed up by unexpected compliments this week: try spreading the joy and giving those around you some props!


If four out of five patients are suffering from diarrhea, does that mean the fifth person enjoys it?


Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it and then misapplying the wrong remedies. And all this time you thought it was medicine!


It was recently discovered that research causes cancer in rats. Relax, Taurus. There’s no sense sweating the big stuff, either.

Star Charts by Suzanne LaBarne are for Entertainment Purposes ONLY!

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Developing Diagnostic Skills

A young doctor moved out to a small community to replace the aging doctor there. The older doctor suggested that the younger doctor accompany him as he made his house calls so that the people of the community could become accustomed to him.

At the first house they visited, the younger doctor listened intently as the older doctor and an older lady discussed the weather, their grandchildren and the latest church bulletin. After some time, the older doctor asked his patient how she had been feeling.

“I’ve been a little sick to my stomach,” she replied.

“Well,” said the older physician, “you’ve probably been over doing it a bit with the fresh fruit. Why don’t you cut back on the amount of fresh fruit you eat and see if that helps.”

As they left the house, the younger doctor asked how the older doctor had reached his diagnosis so quickly. (more…)

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Doctor, Doctor! Two Dozen of Our Favorite Jokes

1. “Doctor, doctor, I feel like a billiard ball.”
“Well get to the back of the queue.”

2. “Doctor, doctor, I feel like a pair of curtains.”
“Pull yourself together.”

3. “Doctor, doctor, I feel like a ten pound note.”
“Go Shopping, the change will do you good.”

4. “Doctor, doctor, I feel like a pack of cards.”
“Please wait a minute and I’ll deal with you.”

5. “Doctor, doctor, I’ve swallowed the film from my camera.”
“We’ll just have to wait and see what develops.”

6. “Doctor, doctor, I keep thinking I’m a clock.”
“OK, just relax. There’s no need to get yourself wound up.”

7. “Doctor, doctor, I think I’m a dustbin.”
“Now you’re just talking rubbish.”

8. “Doctor, doctor, I keep thinking I’m a dog.”
“Sit down and tell me all about it.”
“I can’t, I’m not allowed on the furniture.”

9. “Doctor, doctor, I’ve lost my memory.”
“When did this happen?”
“When did what happen?”

10. “Doctor, doctor, I keep seeing little black spots before my eyes.”
“Have you seen a Doctor before?”
“No, just little black spots.”

11. Doctor, doctor, I swallowed a bone.
Are you choking?
No, I really did!

12. Doctor, doctor, I think I need glasses.
You certainly do, Sir, this is a fish and chip shop!

13. Doctor, doctor my son has swallowed my pen, what should I do?
Use a pencil ‘till I get there

14. Doctor, doctor I think I’m a bell?
Take these and if it doesn’t help give me a ring!

15. Doctor, doctor I think I’m suffering from Deja Vu!
Didn’t I see you yesterday?

16. Doctor, doctor I’ve got wind! Can you give me something?
Yes – here’s a kite!

17. Doctor, doctor how do I stop my nose from running?!
Stick your foot out and trip it up!

18. Doctor, doctor I tend to flush a lot.
Don’t worry it’s just a chain reaction!

19. Doctor, doctor I keep thinking I’m a bee.
Buzz off can’t you see I’m busy?

20. Doctor, doctor these pills you gave me for BO…
What’s wrong with them?
They keep slipping out from under my arms!

21. Doctor, doctor everyone keeps throwing me in the garbage.
Don’t talk rubbish!

22. Doctor, doctor I feel like a sheep.
That’s baaaaaaaaaad!

23. Doctor, doctor I feel like a bee.
Well buzz off I’m busy!

24. Doctor, doctor I keep thinking I’m a mosquito!
Go away, sucker!

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Get a Life by Loretta LaRoche

I have a very dear friend whom I’ve known for years. We now live several hundred miles apart and don’t see each other all that often, but we make it a habit to talk on the phone at regular intervals. A few weeks ago it occurred to me that we hadn’t spoken in quite some time, so I called her at home, and got her voice mail. “ Hello, please leave me your name and number and the reason for your call, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.”

Two days later she called me from her car phone.”Hi, it’s me. I’m so sorry I haven’t called in such a long time. Things here have been just insane! I’ve been working so hard it’s unbelievable. I had to work on a project all weekend, and when I wasn’t working, I had to take the kids to a birthday party and two play dates. I haven’t had a minute to call. I’m so overwhelmed I just don’t know what to do.”

I didn’t know what to say to her. How absurd! We haven’t spoken for a month, then she takes the first ten minutes of our conversation to tell me that she’s too busy to talk to me.

Divulging every ounce of our daily “doings” has become a fact of life. I don’t know when it started, but I cannot recall my grandmother or mother having a need to report how busy they were to everyone that came across their path.

Perhaps we’re hoping that someone will come to our rescue if we appear as if we’re going to have a nervous breakdown. I have to realize that the only that will rescue me is me!

Unfortunately, we are also in an era where “real listening” has been replaced by practicing what you’re going to say while the other person is talking. Whoever you’re telling how busy you are is chomping at the bit to be even more fatigued and overwhelmed.

I am beginning to wonder if we really want relief or has the mindset of a never ending list of tasks become the new model of self-worth?

If so we are totally missing the point about what it means to live a fulfilling life. I doubt that at the end of our days that people will be eulogizing how busy we were. I would hope that we will be remembered for the joy, laughter, compassion and understanding we brought to our friends, co-workers and family.

Now that’s a busy that’s worth it.

Loretta LaRoche writes the Get a Life column for the Patriot Ledger.

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