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From The CriticsReviewer: Gail Davis, EdD, RN (Texas Woman's University)
Description: This second volume includes humorous materials such as short stories, poems, and lists collected from books and journals between the years 1992 and 1997, with a few pieces from the early 1900s. It follows Volume 1, which focused on the years 1970-1992.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide "laughter breaks" for nurses. It allows nurses to see humor as a part of their nursing experiences.
Audience: The target audience includes nurses and nursing students, their families, and other healthcare professionals. It should appeal to anyone with an interest in healthcare.
Features: The collection of humorous materials is organized by nursing activity categories such as "On the Top" (management-related) and "Chaos and Compliance" (patient-related). The format, as well as the print size, make it easy to read. There are very few illustrations; those included do enhance the material.
Assessment: The editors, who are librarians, began the two volumes when they overheard a nursing student say that there was nothing funny to read in a long list of reading assignments. They have met their goal of providing laughter by compiling humorous materials for and about nurses. Humor is individual, so what may appeal to one may not be especially humorous to others. Every nurse and nursing student, though, should find some pieces to make them smile or laugh. That, in itself, makes this a practical and much-needed book.