Survey: Do you use humor to help put your patients at ease? - page 3

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This months survey Question... Do you use humor to help put your patients at ease? Here are the results from this survey out of 1742 respondents: 3.59% - No 96.41% - Yes We encourage your comments and discussion on... Read More


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    No matter what area I work in, I use humor to help my pts., and their families relax. I have rarely had someone not enjoy it. Fortunately most of the time, I have usually worked with people who also enjoy a good joke, and a good laugh.

    Once I was in a clinic, and the Doc I was working with, was a total character also. We had a lady who was having migraine headaches. She came in very sullen, and depressed. Not saying we cured her, but when she left, she said her H/A was gone, and she loved her visit! She said she had never laughed so much before. She was smiling from ear to ear, and was sorry to hear, that he was a locum, and I was agency.

    I sing at work, while giving care to pts, especially if they have a radio on. I have one pt., who has end stage MS. He can't talk or move on his own, and communicates by using his eyes, and facial expressions. He loves being told jokes! The nurses where I work, and I love to go in, and try to get him to smile!

    I floated to a Spinal Cord unit, and had a pt, who had been confined to the bed for nine months! We would trade jokes, and have a great time while I gave him his care. In fact we would have the whole room of 4 pts. laughing. He now send me jokes via email..:-).

    There are times when I'm deadly serious, but when I don't have to be, I'm not! I totally believe, that laughter IS the best medicine!

    Brownie
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    I have had one complaint from a patient in all my 20++ years of nursing and that was -"She smiles too much!" My sup. called me into his office and with a very serious look on his face, told me that I had had a grave complaint lodged by a patient. As I sat there VERY worried he gave me a great big grin and told me that he just loved to handle this kind of c/o and gave me his sincere thankyou and encouraged me to keep up the good work! I have, but tempered with some new found wisdom that not ALL patients are open to laughter, humor or even happiness. Although that was many years ago, I still get more back from the pts. I have cared for if I smile and joke with them. I now work Hospice and even here (often ESPECIALLY here) these pts. respond to humor and a smile--even in the final stages!
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    When I was a Rehab nurse, the evening shift was in charge of the bowel programs and showers...We would put the patinet in the shower chair, gave them their suppository, push the shower chair over the toilet, let them make a deposit, then give them a shower...

    I had a 60 year old male patient who was on the board of directors at the local university.

    Unfortunately, his CVA had taken his balance impaired so that when sitting in his wheelchair, he usually was falling over to one side & unable to get himself upright. His swallowing was impaired to the point of not being able to swallow his oral secretions...so he drooled severly!

    The speech therapist (who thought she was infallable) said she had done extensive testing and that because he both receptive and expressive aphasia, his prognosis was very poor.

    One evening, I found his suppository would not insert easily, so I checked him for the dreaded impaction. Finding one,I began to manually remove it...Picture this: him sitting in the shower chair, bent over and drooling and me bent over with my gloved finger stuck up his rectum....

    Realizing how rediculious this must look, I looked up at him and said..."betcha didnt know that I went to college to learn how to do this!!"

    He began laughing so hard I thought he was going to fall out of the shower chair...I began crying tears of joy because I realized that he COULD understand what I said!!!

    Of course, the next day, ONLY the nurses truely appreciated the story of how I proved that the speech therapist "didnt know ****!"
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    I always use humor in the hospital. There are those that just don't get it. My patients love it. I have yet to have a patient get upset with my humor. I do know when not to use it. My patients tell all the time how much they appreciate my smile, my laughter, and my sense of humor. I've gotten in trouble many times for my laughter, but it doesn't bother me as long as it doesn't bother my patients. Humor is a part of the healing process.
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    Yes. When I started as a Hospice nurse 12 years ago I thought that maybe I should leave my humor on the shelf and be more serious. Well, that just wasn't me. I started being myself and found that humor at the bedside was a very useful tool in lifting the spirits of my clients. They just love it!
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    I use humor whenever it's appropriate. When we get an admit I'll go back to their room and apologize that we could not upgrade their room to an oceanview. This gets alot of laughs as our rooms face trees or where deliverys are dropped off. Also, at the end of a 12hr shift, I tend to get a little slap happy. They usually end up laughing harder than me.
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    Humor helps a lot. When my patients are embarassed about having been incontinent , or needing to be helped to the toilet, I just tell 'em that I don't mind just as long as they don't pee in my sneakers. It seems to make them see that it's not the end of the world.
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    I had a CHF'er the other day, she couldn't walk to the bathroon without getting SOB, when I gave her IV Demadex, I told her "ready, set, pee", I thought she was going to pass out ,she was laughing so hard she was crying. I had to give it to her again the next day, she saw me coming and said "oh no its the pee lady",,, her son thought she had lost her mind, of course we explained what had happened earlier, then he started laughing
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    Humor is very important to me. I had a medical crisis while my pcp and surgeon were both on vacation. Their partners were so dead serious. I wasn't in denial; I knew it was very, very serious but I couldn't wait till the docs who knew me well got back. I laughed all the way to the OR when my internist said "Remember, after surgery you're going upstairs. THAT'S JUST ONE FLIGHT to 3rd floor! OK?"
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    I use humor with both my patients, patients families, AND my co workers. So much so that my AD won't consider sending me to conferences that are titled "Humor in the Workplace". Sometimes it is the only way to get through my day.. is to see a pt or stressed co-worker smile.
    I personally think that when you take the time to use humor with someone they realize that you are taking time "just for them" and it is another way of showing that you care about them


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