Roles of a Nurse – Nurse Comedian

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.

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