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Love and Laughter: The Keys to Health JNJ Talks to Bernie Siegel

lovemedicinemiracles2“You can not be afraid if you’re laughing.” So says Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles, the groundbreaking book that convinced countless patients that they can help themselves heal. Siegel — quick to say, ‘Call me Bernie’ — was kind enough to sit down with the JNJ crew and share his thoughts on what he calls the keys to life: love and laughter.

“I was with a woman, shortly before she was scheduled to go into surgery. And she was so frightened, so very, very frightened. You could tell she was trying to cheer herself up when she looked around and said, ‘Well, thank God I have all these wonderful people around to take care of me!’ (more…)

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Understanding Why Patients Use Humor When They Talk To Nurses

Funny NurseI work in a neurologist’s office. We try to get really complete histories from every new patient but the patient I was working with, Mr. K, hadn’t checked anything on his intake paperwork. No history of heart disease, no high blood pressure, no cancer scares – not a thing. That’s so rare among our patients (Average Age 78!) that I had to ask him about it.

“Medical history?” He shrugged. “Can’t say there’s much. Of course, I’ve had amnesia as long as I can remember.”

This little grin pushed up the corners of Mr. K’s mouth, and his eyes suddenly started twinkling.  I burst out laughing, and so did he. It turns out he did have a little bit of medical history, and he shared that with me after our laugh.

I was dropping off the file when one of the other nurses stopped me.  (more…)

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How Humor Helps: Pediatric Patients

Laughing Boy“You either love working peds or you don’t work peds.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this nursing ‘wisdom’. There’s more than a grain of truth to it: generally nurses who specialize in pediatrics tend to love their work passionately.

However, enjoying what you do doesn’t mean that you don’t have challenges on the job – and if you’ve never attempted to make a bed with one hand, while holding a baby in the other and figuring out dosages by weight in your mind, you don’t know challenging! (And if you can master that, try finding scrubs that don’t show formula stains!)

Luckily, humor can help ease some of the challenges of pediatric nursing. Here are three ways humor helps make life with pediatric patients easier: (more…)

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Have You Passed Gas Yet? A Diagnostic Guide

We can’t talk about colon cancer screening and colonscopies without acknowledging the most musical part of the process: the recovery! Nurses around the nation have been collecting data on the melodious, malodorous offerings patients share after a colonscopy.

In an amazing discovery, it turns out that the type of flautulence a patient produces can provide great insight into what type of patient they are and their prognosis for recovery. This is a critical tool for any nurse to have. (The only thing that would make it better is if it actually worked!)

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