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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technician
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
  • Mary Bennett, DNS, APRN
  • Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT
Peer Reviewer(s): Hobie Etta Feagai, EdD, MSN, FNP-BC, APRN-Rx
Item#: N2207
Contents: 1 Course Book (30 pages)
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Humor in Psychiatric Settings, 3rd Edition

Price $22.95
Item # N2207
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Release Date: November 15, 2018

Expiration Date: June 30, 2021

Although humor may be inappropriate with some patients who have psychiatric issues, with others it might be effective, appropriate, and helpful toward recovery. In exploring the use of humor in psychiatric settings, this course discusses the effects of pathology on humor and reflects on the use of humor, including ways to use humor for diagnosis and treatment. Appropriate and inappropriate responses and appropriate and inappropriate types of humor are discussed. Evidence on which to base practice recommendations for the use of humor in a psychiatric setting is reviewed.


This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1764 Humor in Health Care, 3rd Edition.

Course Objectives

  • Explain how pathology effects the humor response.
  • Discuss the use of humor by mental health nurses and the impact it has on patient care.
  • Discuss diagnostic and treatment options that include the use of humor in psychiatric settings.
  • Describe the use of humor with chronic mental illness.
  • List appropriate and inappropriate uses of humor in psychiatric settings.

Mary Bennett, DNS, APRN, is a professor and director of the Western Kentucky University School of Nursing. She has been a faculty member for 27 years, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. Her clinical work is as a fam­ily nurse practitioner in the primary care setting. Dr. Bennett’s primary research focus is testing the effects of various complementary therapies on physiological and psychological outcomes, using psychoneuroimmunology as the under­lying theory. Her dissertation was on the effect of laughter on stress and natural killer cell activity. Since then she has examined the effects of laughter, massage therapy, relaxation therapy, and music therapy on stress and immune function. Other areas of research interest are examining barriers to prenursing and nursing student success, and care of the end-of-life patient. Dr. Bennett has received research funding and awards from Rush University, Indiana State University, Western Kentucky University, and from the Lambda Sigma and Kappa Theta chapters of Sigma Theta Tau International. She has presented her research at national and international conferences such as the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society conference and the International Society for Humor Studies conference. Dr. Bennett’s research has been pub­lished in numerous journals including Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Oncology Nursing Forum, Psycho-Oncology, Evidenced-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Journal of Biological Research for Nursing, Brain Behavior and Immunity, BioPsychoSocial Medicine, and Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing.

Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT, is an instructor in nursing and psychology at undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. Dr. Wilson has a PhD in health psychology with a focus in psychoneuroimmunology and a masters in holistic nursing. Dr. Wilson has worked in nursing for many years gaining expertise in public health, mental health nursing, obstetrics, epidemiology, breastfeeding trends, wellness, behavioral influence on immunity, and nursing education. Dr. Wilson has a private practice as a holistic nurse and over 100 pub­lications including peer-reviewed research articles. She has over 150 professional and peer-reviewed presentations. She is a lifelong learner now seeking graduate studies in physics. Debra is an internationally known speaker on stress, health, immune function, and self-care. Dr. Wilson is the managing editor of the International Journal of Childbirth Education. She was awarded the Tennessee 2015 March of Dimes Nurse Educator of the Year in Tennessee and the Tennessee Nurses Association Award for Nursing Excellence in Education. She is married, on faculty at Austin Peay State University School of Nursing, and has a tragically spoiled Tibetan Terrier named Maggie. Awarded by the American Holistic Nurses Association, Dr. Wilson is the 2017-2018 Holistic Nurse of the Year.

Hobie Etta Feagai, EdD, MSN, FNP-BC, APRN-Rx, has served as the BSN Department’s interim assistant dean of nursing for administration, program chair for faculty and learning resources, and nursing faculty assembly chair in her more than 20 years at Hawaìi Pacific University. She was promoted to full professor in August 2008. Her educational background includes a BSN degree from the University of Kentucky - Lexington and an MSN degree from University of Tennessee - Knoxville. In 2007, she earned a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from Argosy University in Honolulu, Hawaìi. Her research interests include humor in higher education nursing classrooms, problem-based learning, a creative approach to teaching physical assessment to advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), using humor in nursing practice, contemporary nursing students, presenteeism, modeling professionalism, and caring Samoan style. She has published in the following peer-reviewed journals: Open Journal of Nursing and Nurse Leader. Her work has been a presented at local, national, and international conferences. She has reviewed multiple nursing textbooks at the requests of publishers. Dr. Feagai also continues to practice part time as an FNP/APRN.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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