Journal of Nursing Jocularity

Journal of Nursing Jocularity

That Reminds Me…How Nurses Can Use Humor to Establish Relationship

Being a nurse is not unlike being an air traffic controller: there are dozens of things to keep track of at any given moment. Each patient we encounter is a new adventure. Just like a flight taking off, we may know where we think things are going — the patient who comes in with a blood sugar over 1000, potassium levels through the roof and only a tenuous grasp on consciousness likely isn’t headed for Labor & Delivery, after all. But, as every air traffic controller knows, the destination the plane reaches doesn’t necessarily match the one listed on the ticket.

Our patients have a disconcerting tendency to not perform as expected, to withhold critical information, and to come accompanied by a bevy of friends and relatives all determined to help and support them as they get better — while doing everything possible to prevent us from making that recovery possible. (more…)

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March is National MS Awareness Month

March is National MS Education and Awareness Month. I was searching for some light-hearted content to share, and found the GotMS? Humor Page – there’s some great introductory information on humor and health management, as well as some jokes.

I like this one, although it’s got way more to do with IT than MS!

True story from the WordPerfect Helpline!

This is a true story from the WordPerfect helpline. Needless, to say the helpdesk employee was fired: however, he/she is currently suing the WordPerfect organization for “Termination without Cause.”

Actual dialog of a former WordPerfect Customer Support

Employee: “Ridge Hall computer assistant; may I help you?”

Customer: “Yes, well, I’m having trouble with WordPerfect.”

Employee: “What sort of trouble?”

Customer: “Well, I was just typing along, and all of a sudden the words went away.”

Employee: “Went away?”

Customer: “They disappeared.”

Employee: “Hmm. So what does your screen look like now?”

Customer: “Nothing.”

Employee: “Nothing?”

Customer: “It’s blank; it won’t accept anything when I type.”

Employee: “Are you still in WordPerfect, or did you get out?”

Customer: “How do I tell?”

Employee: “Can you see the c:prompt on the screen?”

Customer: “What’s a sea-prompt?”

Employee: “Never mind. Can you move the cursor around on the screen?”

Customer: “There isn’t any cursor: I told you, it won’t accept anything I type.”

Employee: “Does your monitor have a power indicator?”

Customer: “What’s a monitor?”

Employee: “It’s the thing with the screen on it that looks like a TV. Does it have a little light that tells you when it’s on?”

Customer: “I don’t know.”

Employee: “Well, then look on the back of the monitor and find where the power cord goes into it. Can you see that?”

Customer: “Yes, I think so.”

Employee: “Great! Follow the cord to the plug, and tell me if it’s plugged into the wall.”

Customer: “Yes, it is.”

Employee: “When you were behind the monitor, did you notice that there were two cables plugged into the back of it, not just one?”

Customer: “No.”

Employee: “Well, there are. I need you to look back there again and find the other cable.”

Customer: “Okay, here it is.”

Employee: “Follow it for me, and tell me if it’s plugged securely into the back of your computer.”

Customer: “I can’t reach.”

Employee: “Uh huh. Well can you see if it is?”

Customer: “No”

Employee: “Even if you maybe put your knee on something and lean way over?”

Customer: “Oh, it’s not because I don’t have the right angle-it’s because it’s dark.”

Employee: “Dark?”

Customer: “Yes, the office light is off, and the only light I have is coming in from the window.”

Employee: “Well, turn on the office light then.”

Customer: “I can’t.”

Employee: “No? Why not?”

Customer: “Because there’s a power outage.”

Employee: “A power….A power outage? Aha! Okay, we’ve got it licked now. Do you still have the box and manuals and packing stuff you computer came in?”

Customer: “Well, yes, I keep them in the closet.”

Employee: “Good! Go get them, and unplug your system and pack it up just like it was when you got it. Then take it back to the store you bought it from.”

Customer: “Really? Is it that bad?”

Employee: “Yes, I’m afraid it is.”

Customer: “Well, all right then, I suppose. What do I tell them?”

Employee: “Tell them you’re too stupid to own a computer!”

(Have a great MS humor resource? Let us know! We’ll share it with the world!)

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Helpful Nursing Advice: Surviving Staff Meetings

Sometimes when I’m in a long staff meeting, and I’m listening to the third repetition of why the new policy is important, and what we must do to comply with the new policy, and how the new policy is obviously superior in every way to the almost-identical former policy that didn’t take as much time, effort, or heartbreak to consistently implement, I take a deep breath and then look around and consider seriously what each person in the meeting would look like in Muppet form.

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