I started out like the others. I entered nursing school with bright eyes and high ideals, naive to the ways of the real world of nursing. I knew I was going to be different. I would do all my charting immediately after giving care. My patients would be turned every two hours, on the dot. My meds would be given exactly on time. I would be the perfect nurse.
Well, I’ve been a nurse for over two years, and the honeymoon is over. In my disenchantment phase, I believed that the perfect nurse existed only in the minds of humorless, dictatorial nursing school instructors.
Of course, that is not true. Because eveyone has a definition of the “perfect nurse”. It just means different things to different people. For example: (more…)
Hob Osterlund is a clinical nurse specialist in Pain and Pallative Care at The Queen’s Medical Center (QMC) in Honolulu. She also writes, performs, and produces comedy that provides therapeutic benefits for both patients and nurses. She and her research team have just completed the COMIC study (COMedy In Chemotherapy) at QMC and are eagerly awaiting the results. Before we get to the details of her study, let me introduce this amazing woman.
Appreciation of Comedy
Hob’s first and most powerful connection to comedy came through her father, who taught her the art of luxurious laughter. In nursing school, her attempt to share humor with her patients was criticized by instructors who cautioned her that humor was inappropriate. This was the 1970’s, and clinical distance was the key. The criticism caused Hob to search her soul. She decided humor was a central value in her life. This decision launched more than 30 years of writing, performing and producing comedy. She continues to produce closed-circuit Chuckle Channel programming for hospitals and to perform her alter-ego comedy character Ivy Push RN