Bedlam Among the Bedpans: Humor in Nursing

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A must-read for nursing professionals, Bedlam Among the Bedpans: Humor in Nursing, includes over 100 of the funniest and most creative stories about nursing collected from nursing journals, books, and the internet that highlight the humor in the situations nurses face every day. Inspired by the experiences of real nurses, the stories relate situations with insights that only nurses who have "been there" in the field could have.

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Overview

A must-read for nursing professionals, Bedlam Among the Bedpans: Humor in Nursing, includes over 100 of the funniest and most creative stories about nursing collected from nursing journals, books, and the internet that highlight the humor in the situations nurses face every day. Inspired by the experiences of real nurses, the stories relate situations with insights that only nurses who have "been there" in the field could have.

• Includes some of the best pieces of creative and humorous writing published in the past 20 years.
• Stories that help nurses see the humor in challenging situations they encounter every day.
• Funny cartoons and illustrations that add even more humor to the book.
• Compiled by an academic librarian, this book includes a carefully chosen and well-rounded collection of entertaining stories.

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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This is a compilation of humorous articles written by or about nurses selected from 36 journals, 12 Web sites, and six books written over the last 20 years.
Purpose: The purpose is to share humor that has been written by or about nurses.
Audience: The audience includes "anyone who has ever experienced the joys and oh-boys of the nursing profession!"
Features: The book is divided into eight chapters according to common themes that all nurses experience throughout their careers. It begins with reasons why nurses enter the profession and then describes how nurses view their patients in a chapter called "Lookin' Good, but Feelin' Bad." Chapter three discusses the special feelings nurses have about physicians followed by charting and transcription bloopers, medical acronyms, and variations of language used by nurses. The final chapter, called "Look for the Silver Lining," includes such articles as "Modern Nurses Need a Perfect Body," "How to Know you are Growing Older," and "Arsenic and Old Remedies."
Assessment: "This book has humor for everyone who is or was a nurse or has experienced nursing. It includes cartoons, lists of sayings, and short stories. I used it as an example of humor for a Mind/Body/Spirit graduate class and the students were in "stitches." I would recommend it for a class, or an in-service, or a "brown bag" session where humor and stress relief are a goal. I would also recommend reading one or two stories after each working day to get a chuckle or a laugh for health. It is a true bargain. "
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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This is a compilation of humorous articles written by or about nurses selected from 36 journals, 12 Web sites, and six books written over the last 20 years.
Purpose: The purpose is to share humor that has been written by or about nurses.
Audience: The audience includes "anyone who has ever experienced the joys and oh-boys of the nursing profession!
Features: The book is divided into eight chapters according to common themes that all nurses experience throughout their careers. It begins with reasons why nurses enter the profession and then describes how nurses view their patients in a chapter called "Lookin' Good, but Feelin' Bad." Chapter three discusses the special feelings nurses have about physicians followed by charting and transcription bloopers, medical acronyms, and variations of language used by nurses. The final chapter, called "Look for the Silver Lining," includes such articles as "Modern Nurses Need a Perfect Body," "How to Know you are Growing Older," and "Arsenic and Old Remedies.
Assessment: This book has humor for everyone who is or was a nurse or has experienced nursing. It includes cartoons, lists of sayings, and short stories. I used it as an example of humor for a Mind/Body/Spirit graduate class and the students were in "stitches." I would recommend it for a class, or an in-service, or a "brown bag" session where humor and stress relief are a goal. I would also recommend reading one or two stories after each working day to get a chuckle or a laugh for health. It is a true bargain.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323045247
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 9/14/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 470,630
  • Product dimensions: 0.38 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 IT’S A FINE LIFE

Top 10 Reasons to Become a Nurse

Top Ten Reasons to Become a School Nurse

You Know You’re a Nurse When

You Might Be an Emergency Room (ER) Nurse If…

Celebrate! Celebrate! Dance to the Music of Nursing

So What Really Made You Become a Nurse?

You Know It’s Gonna Be a Day When…

Your Patient’s a Nurse When…

10 Signs You Have Become Obsessed with Home Care

You Might Be a Nurse If…

Top Ten Reasons Why I Went into Nursing

You May Have Too Much Experience as an Emergency Nurse if…

Top Ten Signs That It’s Going to be a Bad Shift

You Know You’re a Nurse When…

Chapter 2 LOOKIN’ GOOD BUT FEELIN’ BAD

Blood Pressure

Need You Ask?

Denture Adventures

Odious Odours

What a Weekend!

The Crisis of Today

Not Just Window Dressing: Gowns as the Latest Fashion

‘Twas the Night before Christmas: Codes for the Holidays

Fire Drill Protocol

Passing Fads

Kidney Confusion

More “Official Explanations” of Emergency Nursing

Hold the Mayo

Medical Mishaps

Pre-op Instructions as Our Patients Hear Them

Pot Luck

How High is Too High?

Even Nurses Have to Laugh

Chapter 3 YOU’RE THE TOP

Treat Your Nurse Right

It’s Hard to Live with a Nurse Because…

True Life: The World According to a Practice Nurse

The Nurse

This Time I Mean It

What’s In a Name

Nurses Do It Better

We Are a Funny Lot

Achy Breaky Neck

Bubbles

Can You Hear Me Now?

Nurses Whose Names Give Away a Tad Too Much

Beware: Mum Under Training

Woe to be The Kid of Nurse!

Chapter 4 SHALL I TELL YOU WHAT I THINK OF YOU?

Praise Nurses and Your Patients Will Live Forever or Die Happy

Bugs are Not Funny Syndrome

3 Doctors & 3 Nurses

Meeting Her Needs

A New Speech Therapy Technique

Skipping the Beat

A Doctor, a Nurse, and a Shredder

Fast! Warm! Fuzzy! Emergency!

Help?

Creating the “Wow” Experience

Chapter 5 COULD WE START AGAIN, PLEASE?

Help…I’ve Misplaced My Pronoun!

Charting Bloopers: Spelling Errors

Lost for Words

The Study of “Ology”

Charting Chuckles

More Charting Chuckles

Medical Terminology 101

Top Ten Odd Medical Record Statements

CPT Codes That Will Make You Chuckle

Premedicated Humor

Quotable Quotes from Transcription

My Trips Over the Language Barrier

Clarification, Please!

Document—Don’t Duckamint!

Acronyms anon

Mr. Jones’ Diary

Chapter 6 NIGHT AND DAY

Finding Humor in Our Workplace

Nursing Realities

Desperate Strategies for Last-minute Staffing

Top Ten Reasons (and More) Why I Want Star Trek’s Medical Beds in My Unit!

What Does R.N. Really Stand For?

A Mind of ITs Own

Do You Know Me? I’m a Nurse

I Wish I’d Shaved My Legs

Bathroom Humor

Yep, That’s My Job Too!

Images of The Perfect Nurse

Paydirt

What are YOU Like?

Twas the Night Before Christmas

“Twas the Night…”

Chapter 7 THE ROAD YOU DIDN’T TAKE

Professor Plume’s Letters

My Most Humorous Moment in Nursing

Constipation among Operating Room Nurses: Flatulence as Evidence

Do Your Own Homework

Pie-eyed and Deskless

But is it Sterile?

Stating the Obvious

Keeping Them in Stitches: Humor in Perioperative Education

Bathing Beauty

Media Lament

Best Excuses if You Get Caught Sleeping at Your Desk

Expert Nurse vs. Educated Nurse

Chapter 8 LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING

Modern Nurses Need a Perfect Body

Memorandum: Addendum to the Employee Handbook

A Cost Saving Memo

The Six Million Dollar Nurse

Reengineering for the Birds

Arsenic and Old Remedies

The Joys of Aging

Cuts by Any Other Name

How to Know You Are Growing Older

Identity Crisis

Rear View

30 Thoughts for 30 Years

I’m Too Old for This!

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    Medical Mirth: Just What the Doctor Ordered

    If you are a stressed-out healthcare worker you will want to buy this book. Every page provides stress relief through laughter. From the funny things nurses do to the funny things patients say, this book really proves that laughter is the best medicine. Cartoons and illustrations enhance this nurses' laugh fest.

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