Journal of Nursing Jocularity

Journal of Nursing Jocularity

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Happy Nurses’ Week!

Happy Nurses Week!

If you’ve ever cleared out an entire Pizza Hut just by talking shop with your co-workers, this week is for you!

If you’ve ever complimented a stranger on their lovely veins (or merely ogled from afar!) this week is for you!

If you’ve ever proven your ability C-diff at a distance, using only your nose, this week is for you!

If you’ve ever defined ‘medication error’ as “I should have taken the Ativan myself!” this week is for you!

If you’ve ever had your scrubs seized by the CDC as the most terrifying thing they’ve ever seen, this week is for you!

Nurses are amazing people, and this is the week we celebrate our profession. Whether you’re a nurse in the hospital setting, health clinic, school, nursing home or long term care setting, corrections facility, military, or beyond, the fact is that you’re the front lines of health care in this country. You are the number one source of caring, compassionate patient care. The work you do makes a real difference in the lives of your patients every single day.

Go you! Being a nurse isn’t for everyone. Did you know some people get upset when they get puked on? Or that they expect to have weekends and holidays off? Or that no one, ever, asks their advice about embarrassing chronic constipation problems? It’s true – but you do it.

You’re there with support and encouragement as babies come into this world, and you’re there with compassion and grace when it’s time to go. And in between, for all the scrapes and bumps and bruises and “Hey, y’all watch this now!” you’re there to help put the pieces back together, letting patients know that they don’t have to worry – all bleeding stops eventually!

You are amazing! This week is to celebrate everything you do – and this book is to provide you with the applied humor tools, tips, and strategies that will make it much easier to keep doing it. A great gift for yourself or the nurses you work with. Nurses who laugh are happier, healthier people – and they’re better nurses too!

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Great Gift for Nurses Week!

Nurses who laugh are happier people.

Nurses who laugh are healthier people.

Nurses who laugh are better nurses.

But what’s so funny about nursing?

This year, Nurse’s Week is May 6-12. Just in the nick of time, Karyn Buxman has released the latest volume in the side-splitting What’s So Funny book series: What’s So Funny About… Nursing?: A Creative Approach to Celebrating Your Profession.

Here’s an excerpt, discussing how humor can make you healthier:

When was the last time you heard that watching TV could actually make you healthier?! Another way you
can really give your heart a boost is by playing the ICU Game: Any time you see an error on a medical TV show (Nurse Jackie and Grey’s Anatomy are GREAT for this!) that would result in the patient spending the rest of his short, short life in the ICU, get up and do 25 jumping jacks. You could have the heart of an Olympian in less than one season!

Fun, funny, and packed with practical information to bring the healing power of humor into everyday nursing, What’s So Funny About… Nursing?: A Creative Approach to Celebrating Your Profession is now available at a special discount price for Nurse’s Week. Order now and save! It’s a great gift for the nurses in your life – and don’t forget to include yourself!

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With Friends Like These…

A nurse had to take a patient back to her room after surgery. Woman was still feeling the effects of the anesthetic and was rather confused. After nurse had made her comfortable, she was confronted with four of woman friends who asked, “How is she?”
The nurse replied, “Oh, she”s quite dopey.”
One of the friends said, “We know that, but how is she health wise?”

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What’s So Funny About Diabetes? Now Available on Amazon!

PhotobucketIt’s the most wonderful time of the year – no, not the time we get to break into Santa’s stash of sugar-free candy canes (although that’s pretty awesome too!) It’s book release season! I’m super excited to tell you that my latest book, What’s So Funny About Diabetes? A Creative Approach to Coping With Your Disease is now available!

What’s so funny about diabetes?

Maybe nothing. Then again, maybe everything.

Especially if you understand the premise that so much of our humor comes from pain and discomfort—our own, or somebody else’s. And let’s face it; if you’re a diabetic, you’ve got more than your fair share of pain and discomfort.

Currently one in 10 US adults has diabetes, but those numbers could go as high as 1 in 3 by the year 2050. A long-term solution can only come from getting people to change their lifestyles: better diets, exercise and coping mechanisms to deal with this serious illness.

The good news: Humor and laughter have been shown scientifically to have positive benefits for diabetic patients. Laughter has been shown to lower blood glucose in diabetics, as well as decrease hormones that can be harmful. Humor is recognized as a healthy coping mechanism. And humor has also been proven to increase the retention of information.

For these reasons, and more, author Karyn Buxman has written the first in a series of books for patients with chronic illness: What’s So Funny About Diabetes? When you’re a diabetic, you need to arm yourself with all the tools that you possibly can to become the healthiest person that you can be. You need a large repertoire of skills. Humor isn’t the be-all, end all; it’s not meant to replace your medical regime, but rather to be a complement to all the efforts you’re already making.

Now Karyn Buxman shows you how you can strategically use humor everyday to better manage your diabetes and live a healthier and happier life. And you don’t need to be funny. You just need to be able to see funny.

“If we took what we now know about laughter and bottled it, it would require FDA approval,” says psychoneuroimmunologist, Dr. Lee Berk. The perfect gift for yourself or someone you love, this book is filled with wise, witty, and life-saving advice. Whether you are a diabetic, a pre-diabetic, or the cheerleader for a diabetic, there is something in this book for you.

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But I’m Not Funny!

You don’t have to BE funny to SEE funny — which is great news if you’re searching for a nursing job. The health benefits of humor manifest no matter the source of the laughter! One way to take advantage of this fact is to be a humor collector.

A humor collector pays attention, keeping a watchful eye for the funny side of life. You never know where humor may surprise you. It could be the little sign on the Labor & Delivery door that says Push. Push. Push. It could be the old man who shushes you at the bowling alley, telling you he needs to hear a pin drop. It could be the funny picture you found posted on your friend’s Facebook.

Save those moments. Collect them! Some people do this with a journal or blog — If I find a funny news story, I Tweet* about it so the people who follow me can share in the humor as well. One quip, funny story, or funny cat picture at a time, you can accumulate quite a bit of funny stuff. Accumulation is important. You want to be able to return to the things that made you laugh on those occasions when you, like everyone else, gets discouraged. A humor collection is a valuable resource to shore up sagging morale, boost your spirits, and sometimes, just keep you going out there another day.

Best of all, unlike many other collectibles, humor is free. There’s no price tag on laughter. You can build a great collection without spending a dime, simply by being in the moment and open to the humor that happens all around us, each and every day.

*Twitter Users check out @NurseTogether @KarynBuxman; @FunnyNurse,

Yours in laughter!

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