I read in the Daily Mail recently that NHS staff are to get humour training to brighten up the wards…
Back in the Stone Ages when I did my training i.e. pre-project 2000 I got berated for suggesting such an idea. I was obviously way ahead of my time.
We were asked to do the old standard essay about the roles of a nurse and I suggested that a new could be the Nurse as a comedian. I indentified the role postive attitude has on healing and how laughing causes the release of endomorphins and endokinins but alas it didn’t tickle my tutors funny bone.
I was obviously not going to take it lying down so I did a care study on the care of a patient with an above knee amputation. Obviously and rightly a very sombre thing to write about – I decorated the front cover with a hand drawn image of a bandaged thigh and called it….
“Stumped for a Title?”
That possibly seems a little callous but part of the problem with the care of patients with amputations, or ill patients generally, can be the difficulty of communication in terms of the
practical and emotional issues about their condition.
I’m guessing there are one or two of you who have suggested that a leg amputee “hop out of bed” or said something equally embarrassing like”Right Mr Jones where’s you other slipper?”
These things happen and rather than putting up barriers to the patients progress it’s better to use that as an opening to invite the patient to discuss how they feel about the changes to their body and how they will manage their lives or their deaths.
Despite my best intentions workload and family life got the better of me. I went independent in February of 2007 after working for the same person in various roles for about 7 years.
Inevitably the first couple of years of a new business require a great deal of effort and time. Things have gone well on the whole and despite the bleakness of the current financial landscape I feel very positive about what can be achieved.
Just for Nurses has continued to develop and grow and we have been able to give away over Â£1,800 worth of prizes to our members. The JFN Nursing Jobs Board continues to grow and we have had over 500 live jobs showing. (Thanks to Hayden and Colin at Brainhunter UK and the guys at Brainhunter Canada for great support.)
The Nursing Agencies List has gone from strength to strength, seeing over 5,000 unique visitors per week.
The SEO management has lead to 4 out of the 9 active sites gaining a PR5 in Google – so we must be doing something right!
There’s a lot more to do in 2009 – it’s looking like an exciting year!
The last month has been a busy month.
Whilst everyone was out spending the money that they didn’t have in anticipation of having even less in 2008 I have been beavering away.
The main event was the re-launch of the Just for Nurses website http://www.justfornurses.co.uk/.
The main new features include:
- Nursing Jobs Board
- Nursing Forums
- Book Reviews
- “After I Qualified…” informal careers information
- Discounted Online Nursing courses
- plus the chance to win one of 2 4GB Ipod Nanos or a free online training course
This appears to have gone pretty well and the visitor statistics are looking pretty healthy at this point.
There are lots of design and content issues to consider not least of which this is one of nine nursing websites that I manage – but more about that later.
Blogging is clearly a useful medium for spreading the word about what you do and if anyone chooses to find what I write interesting so much the better – but I can’t promise 😉