As the climate of healthcare continues to change, critical care nurses are under increasing stress, which in turn puts them at risk for stress-related illnesses. Nurses can benefit from having a repertoire of healthy coping mechanisms, and one of the means available to them is humor. When used appropriately, humor can have positive psychologic, communication, and social benefits, as well as positive physiologic effects. Without considering the elements of bond, environment, and timing, however, humor can come across as offensive and hurtful. This article explores some of the precursors of stress for nurses, the use of humor to combat stress, how to keep humor constructive, and the importance of being active rather than passive in producing humor.
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Complementary and Alternative Therapies| February 01 2000
Humor in Critical Care: No Joke
AACN Adv Crit Care (2000) 11 (1): 120–127.
Karyn Buxman; Humor in Critical Care: No Joke. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 February 2000; 11 (1): 120–127. doi:
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