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Humour and professional care – (in)compatible?
July 25, 2023
Are humour and the care industry really incompatible? Many may think that with all the misfortunes that a caregiver encounters on a daily basis, humour is out of place and even inappropriate. But with the right use of humour, situations can be viewed from a different perspective, tensions in everyday work can be reduced and friendships can be built. And humour can also be used sensibly and have a supportive effect in professional care.…
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A Day without Laughter is a day wasted – Who said it?
June 27, 2023
A day without laughter is a day wasted. Charlie Chaplin once said ‘a day without laughter is a day wasted’ and his life and films always encouraged us to laugh. No one can stay without laughing watching his films. Charlie Chaplin was a British comedian, producer, writer, director and composer, widely known in the world. He is considered the greatest comedian on screen and one of the most important figures in film history.…
Laughter in the Face of Death: The Role of Humour in Nursing
April 25, 2023
As nurses, we often encounter difficult situations that can take a toll on our emotional and physical well-being. One of the most challenging aspects of our job is dealing with death and end-of-life care. It can be heart-wrenching to watch someone we have grown to care for pass away, and it can be equally difficult to console the family members who are grieving. But despite the sadness and heavy emotions that come with death, humor can actually play a vital role in the process. Laughter may seem like an inappropriate response to such a solemn event, but it can actually…
The Art of the One-Liner – Part 2
March 28, 2023
Gary Delaney is another comic who can take the one-liner to the darker side. His gags often appear on Funniest Jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe lists; in fact he’s the only comedian to ever have two jokes in the same top ten. My personal favourite is his 2013 gem: “I can give you the cause of anaphylactic shock in a nutshell.”…
Nursing a serious business?
May 24, 2023
Nursing is a serious profession that requires a lot of compassion, empathy, and care. However, even in the most challenging situations, humour can be a powerful tool to help patients feel more relaxed and comfortable. In this article, we will explore how humour can be used in nursing interventions to improve the quality of care and strengthen friendships between patients and nurses.…
Humour and Laughter in Palliative Care – Part 5
February 28, 2023
Humour and laughter are present in most of human interaction. Interactions inhealth care settings are no exception. Palliative care practitioners know from experiencethat humour and laughter are common in palliative care despite the seriousness of the carecontext. Research establishing the significance of humor in care of the dying is limited…
Humour and Laughter in Palliative Care – Part 4
January 31, 2023
Humour and laughter are present in most of human interaction. Interactions inhealth care settings are no exception. Palliative care practitioners know from experiencethat humour and laughter are common in palliative care despite the seriousness of the carecontext. Research establishing the significance of humor in care of the dying is limited This is Part 4 – The Research – Part 3…