Journal of Nursing Jocularity

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Archive for May, 2010

Nurse Marge in Charge

Dear Nurse Marge

I’m hoping against hope that you can help me, Nurse Marge, because I absolutely DO NOT know what to do.  I’ve been a ER nurse for 12 years, so it’s not like I’m inexperienced here, but this situation has me banging my head against the wall.

Here’s the situation. It’s very late Saturday night — very early Sunday morning — and then we get a patient who’s had a very bizarre gardening accident.  It was the type of accident that left the patient with a large cucumber lodged within her backside.  This is why you shouldn’t weed the garden at night, apparently.

But here’s the thing: the patient just happens to be married to my husband’s business partner.  She actually didn’t  SEE me, as far as I know. (She had her face buried in the pillow — and who could blame her?)  I handed her chart off to a buddy, and moved on to another patient, who thankfully had steered clear of the produce aisle.

But here’s the problem.  While the patient didn’t see me, I know for an absolute fact that her husband DID.  He instantly recognized me (we socialize with this couple regularly!) and his face went so red he could have doubled as a sharps container!

I haven’t said anything to my husband…but you know we’re going to wind up hanging out with this couple SOON.  How in the world do I handle this?


In a Pretty Pickle!

Dear Pretty Pickle,

For once, HIPAA is your friend!  There’s really nothing you can do in this situation EXCEPT pretend like it never happened.  You saw nothing, you know nothing… you certainly SAY nothing!

Of course, this only works so well.  You know what happened, and THEY know you know what happened.  They’re likely far more mortified by the incident than you’ll ever be.  Make it easy to move past this incident by avoiding conversations or situations that could make them remember what happened.  That’s what  a good friend would do.

For example:

Under no circumstances host a garden party this year.

If you’re having dinner with this couple, it’s okay to decline seconds — but don’t do so by saying, “No thanks, I’m stuffed!”

Avoid the farmer’s market, at least while  you know they’ll be shopping.

It’ll take a little while for this situation to fade from memory — yours, at least — I don’t think SHE’LL be forgetting this incident, ever — but if your friendship is strong enough, and you keep silent and professional at all times, eventually you’ll be able to put the whole incident behind you.

As long as you don’t give in to temptation and buy them a Salad Shooter for Christmas.

Good Luck!

Nurse Marge

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Not So Serious Selfcare: Cracking (A Smile) Under Pressure

Last week, we examined ways to integrate humor into your self-care routine. Self care is essential for all nurses, as it helps preserve your health, provide emotional resiliency, and keep you better positioned to provide optimum care for your patients. This week, we’ll be looking at a trio of specific techniques you can use to address the pressures of nursing — both the obvious challenges of patients, doctors, and colleagues, and the less discussed but still critical pressures inherent in the profession.

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The Laughter Remedy

The Laughter Remedy was created by Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.. Paul was a pioneer in humor research, laying the groundwork for the current interest in the health benefits of humor. After receiving his Ph.D. in developmental psychology in 1968, he spent 22 years conducting basic research on humor and laughter while teaching at the university level. He is internationally known for his own humor research, and has published over 50 scientific articles and 13 books on humor.

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1) information (based on the latest research) about how humor contributes to health, stress reduction, and effective job performance, and

2) the tools needed by individuals, corporations, health care organizations, and support groups to obtain these benefits.

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