Hospital clowns boost sick kids' spirits

  1. NEW YORK - Stephen Ringold is a clown facing a tough audience — a sick child in a hospital room who needs holiday cheer. For a few minutes, Stephany Nieto sits on her mother's lap, suspiciously eyeing the tall man with the red-and-white checkered shoes half-hiding behind the curtain. Smiling doesn't come easily to the little girl, who her mother says is being examined for a serious illness called moyamoya, an rare inflammation of the brain arteries that can cause seizures and paralysis.
    Hospital clowns boost sick kids' spirits - Yahoo! News
    Last edit by sirI on Dec 27, '06 : Reason: TOS - moved to more appropriate forum
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  3. by   tvccrn
    Our pediatric unit has had a clown visiting the kids for years. And Sunshine is always a big hit. Kids of all ages love her!

    tvccrn
  4. by   JVanRN
    Personally clowns give me the willies...but it's a sweet story. I'm glad it helps cheers the kiddos up.
  5. by   fiestynurse
    This is very similar to the Raggedy Anne and Andy Patient Care Program that was featured on "60 Minutes" a while back.

    http://www.adventuresincaring.org/se..._program.shtml
  6. by   weekend warrior
    I work in a pediatric hospital and it's a great program, we also have special dogs that come to visit the children which they love.
    I heard there is now a program for therapeutic clowns in schools, can't remember which countries have this diploma progam. Wonder if they get paid more than us?
    Probably...

    Personally our clowns freak me out. They are always in 'character' even if you are alone with them with no one else around. Trying to make you laugh or something.. go away!
  7. by   sunnyjohn
    ...
    Israel's University of Haifa started offering a bachelor's degree in medical clowning this year....
    Big Apple Circus - Community Programs - Clown Care (SM)
  8. by   Barb101
    In the orthopedic ward full of adults I must add all enjoyed the visit by the clowns. some even sang along to a popular christmas song. Please dont knock the clowns after all they only clowning around
  9. by   FranEMTnurse
    Not only children, but some adults as well. I am one of them, and always looked forward to their visits. The best part was having my piture taken with one of them after I asked her for a nose, and the other memborable moment was during an earlier hospital stay. I was in the PT area when they arrived, and one offered me a nose job. I accepted, and then she showed me how my new nose could be applied. I still have it, and have had a lot of fun with it. There is a photo of me with it on in my photo album under "Franemtnurse." The title of the photo is, "Out."
  10. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    The Winnipeg Children's Hospital has had a therapeutic clowning program for 23 years. My son's friend began the program in 1986 when she began appearing on the wards as Robo, a silent but very expressive gender-neutral person who made the kids feel better just by smiling at them. This was Canada's first therapeutic clown program; Robo went on to help develop the program at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children in 1993, by which time Robo's spot had been filled first by Silkworm and then Hubert. (I've been friends with them all.) Since Robo's early days, the person inside the costume crusaded tirelessly to bring clowning to as many sick children as possible and has succeeded by inspiring the creation of clowning programs at all but three of Canada's children's hospitals. (The facility I currently work at is one of the three not having a clown. I miss them.)

    The Longwoods Health Care Board in conjunction with the Ontario Hospitals Association has renamed their annual award for excellence in therapeutic clowning for Robo, whose alter-ego has led a remarkably busy life including volunteer human rights work in Central America and a career in conflict resolution. She's a very special lady.
    Last edit by NotReady4PrimeTime on Aug 30, '09

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