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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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. "