Journal of Nursing Jocularity

Advisory Board

The Journal of Nursing Jocularity is proud to have some of the world’s leading experts on therapeutic humor acting as our advisory board. With their help and guidance, the Journal of Nursing Jocularity will become the world’s leading publication on therapeutic humor!

Patch Adams, MD

Patch is both a medical doctor and a clown…but he is also a social activist who has devoted 30 years to changing America’s healthcare system, a system which he describes as expensive and elitist.

He believes that laughter, joy and creativity are an integral part of the healing process and therefore true health care must incorporate such life. Dr. Adams adds to his training as a physician, his experience as a street clown. In working with health and mental health professionals, he explores the relationship between humor and therapy using his unique blend of knowledge, showmanship and “hands on” teaching techniques. Says Dr. Adams, “I interpret my experience in life as being happy. I want, as a doctor, to say it does matter to your health to be happy. It may be the most important health factor in your life.”

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Christine Clifford Beckwith

Christine is CEO/President of The Cancer Club, the world’s  producer of humorous and helpful products for people with cancer. Author of six award-winning books, including Not Now…I’m Having a No Hair Day! and Cancer Has Its Privileges: Stories of Hope & Laughter, Christine travels the world sharing her stories of hope, laughter and positive thinking. For a free monthly eNewsletter, visit .or email Christine at Don’t forget to laugh! TM

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Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

As a speaker, humorist, columnist and author of Is Your Glass Laugh Full?, Ron’s mission is to help healthcare staff and leaders achieve a new level of excellence using humor to minimize stress and maximize effectiveness.  He shows people how to have more FUN while preserving the integrity of the work they do and the lives they lead.  Plus, he’s just darn funny.

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Randy Holloran

Randy is the founder and COO of, the global online community for nurses. Prior to that, Randy was the COO and Board Member of Avant Healthcare Professionals, a leading international healthcare recruitment firm. Prior to joining Avant, Randy was the Vice President of the Americas for the largest international nurse recruitment company, O’Grady Peyton International. Before that, Randy was Chief Operating Officer and a Board member of Staffing Now Inc. Randy was responsible for taking Staffing Now from $40M to $100M in revenues in 3 years making it one of the 100 largest staffing firms in the Unites States. Randy has also held various senior management positions with Robert Half, Javelin Technology, and J3 Learning.

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Janet Lapp, RN, PhD

Dr. Janet Lapp “breaks down barriers, inspires people with a common vision, and has enough positive spirit to keep us all going for decades.” A Canadian now living in California, she has been a Registered Nurse, University Professor, licensed Clinical Psychologist with a PhD in Psychology from McGill University, author of three popular

books and creator of the award-winning CBS series “Keep Well”. As a stage performer, she has been rated by Toastmasters International as among the top three speakers worldwide, has been inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame. With humor and compassion, Janet brings to the stage the same skills she has uses as a pilot while flying her plane around the world.

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Fran London, RN, MS

Fran London, MS, RN was the Editor of the print version of the Journal of Nursing Jocularity for five years, and edited the book of the best of JNJ, “Whinorrhea and Other Nursing Diagnoses.”  She is the author of The Laughing Buddha Box, and many books and dozens of articles on patient and family education.  Fran is the Health Education Specialist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Mary Marcdante

Mary Marcdante is a published author and writer who will help your people remember the messages you want them to hear long after she has finished her speech. She is the author of Living with Enthusiasm, My Mother, My Friend, and Inspiring Words for Inspiring People. She is a contributing author to four Chicken Soup books, and A Woman’s Way To Success in Business. She is also a regular contributor to client publications and a contributing relationship expert on

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Kathleen Passanisi, PT, CSP, CPAE

Kathleen is the recipient of the National Speakers Association Council of Peers Award of Excellence (Speaker Hall of Fame) and of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. She is the author of It’s Your Life- Choose Well: Thoughts on Living a Happier, Healthier, Saner Life Now- Not Someday and contributed to Humor Me–America’s Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter.

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Bernie Siegel, MD

Dr. Siegel, who prefers to be called Bernie, not Dr. Siegel, is author of numerous books including Love. Medicine & Miracles, Peace, Love & Healing, How To Live Between Office Visits, and Prescriptions for Living. He is currently working on other books with the goal of humanizing medical education and medical care, as well as, empowering patients and teaching survival behavior to enhance immune system competency.

He has touched many lives all over our planet. In 1978 he began talking about patient empowerment and the choice to live fully and die in peace. As a physician, who has cared for and counseled innumerable people whose mortality has been threatened by an illness, Bernie embraces a philosophy of living and dying that stands at the forefront of the medical ethics and spiritual issues our society grapples with today. He continues to assist in the breaking of new ground in the field of healing and personally struggling to live the message of kindness and love.

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LeAnn Thieman, RN, CSP, CPAE

LeAnn Thieman, nurse and member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, is coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul and Chicken Soul for the Nurse’s Soul, Second Dose.  She specializes in nurse recruitment and retention and gives nurses tools to  care for themselves as attentively as they do everybody else!

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Steve Wilson, MA, CSP

Steve Wilson, speaker, humorist, author, humor educator, psychologist, and THE JOYOLOGIST, is the founder of the World Laughter Tour, Inc. He created the concept of the Certified Laughter Leader and serves as “Cheerman of the Bored.”  Retired from his psychology practice, he devotes full time attention to combining his personal warmth, educational credentials and life experience to help lead the world to health, happiness and peace through laughter. Honoree of the Stephen H. Wilson Scholarship Fund, author of several books, he is one of America’s top-rated speakers. A Certified Speaking Professional, Steve is “willing to go anywhere anytime” to present speeches, workshops, and other programs that amplify human connectedness and understanding of the relationships between humor, laughter, morale, health, joy, productivity, and peace.

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Robert Holden

Dr Robert Holden is the Director/Founder of The Happiness Project. He is a psychologist, author and broadcaster who coaches leaders in business, healthcare, education and sport. His services are retained by some of the world’s leading organizations. He gives 50 presentations a year on positive psychology and success intelligence. He is author of ten best-selling books, including Success Intelligence, Shift Happens! and Happiness NOW.

Learn more about Robert at The Happiness Project


William Fry

Dr. William Fry is definitely not retired!

He is a psychiatrist and professor emeritus from the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a pioneer in the field of humor research and has been associated with AATH since before its birth!

Dr. Fry is currently working on the manuscript for a book on Don Quixote, examining the use and effectiveness of humor. And he continues to mentor humor researchers, health professionals, and humor enthusiasts of all disciplines.