You must be joking!
In a recent edition of the “Nursing Standard” they had an article about laughing… It’s the kind of article that defines why I don’t subscribe to the Nursing Standard – very little clinical benefit. Laughing is natural and not something that can be considered in great detail. Either you act in a strict professional manner, or a friendly relaxed manner. None the less the article came to my attention and read:
“Everyone likes a good laugh but is it appropriate to use humour with patients?”
Obviously not always: “Well, the good news is you’ve got a week to live, and the bad news is, I should have told you last week”.
“Humour is a social phenomenon with 95% of laughter likely to occur in a social situation“….
Another case of bollocks statistics, which scientist spent quality time following people around with a stopwatch recording how much of the laughing was in a social situation….This would mean 5% is antisocial laughter? Is that when you laugh at your own farts in a secluded place? – Max’s tip of the day….Don’t fart in enclosed spaces.
The useless article goes on “…It is claimed that laughter can promote health by lowering blood pressure, reducing pain and boosting immune function“.
I’m sure a good belly ripping laugh makes your BP rise.
I don’t strictly doubt these claims, but for acute injuries I find a good swear word is much more effective than laughter.
“Ha, Ha, I’ve got a knife stuck in my leg….What a corker!!”
“OH F***, that F***in’ knife is in my bloody, and I mean bloody, leg….Sh*t!
Apparently “Humour can be risky and does not come with guidelines“…really who does write this stuff?! I wonder if they meant risque, rather than risky???
Max: “and so how did the accident happen?”
Imaginary colleague: “Well, I was just about to defib my arresting patient, then I recalled an article I’d seen in the Nursing Standard about laughter, so I thought I’d try telling him a joke first. He gained consciousness a split second before I defib’d him and laughed so hard he wet himself. Unfortunately the rest of the crash team were standing in his urine and got electrocuted too. Tee- hee! What a good giggle we had!”
Come here there’s more, the Standard goes on…”but, good or bad, humour is an integral part of interpersonal relationships and nurse-patient interaction is a fundamental aspect of healthcare“…WOW! I am stunned by the insight and I have no more to say on the matter.
PS….The Brits are on form….
Another Newbi to look out for is a Northern Nurse.