Nursing: Humor as a Nursing Intervention, 3rd Edition

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About the Course

This course examines the holistic effects of humor on the health of individuals. The course provides foundational information on humor theories and discusses the effects of humor and laughter on disease outcomes. How humor may impact immune function is also considered.  Suggestions of ways to add humor as an individual or as a facility are offered. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Explain the definition and theories of humor.
  • Describe the effects of humor on stress and immune function.
  • Discuss the use of humor as a complementary medicine and coping mechanism.
  • Describe the effects of humor and laughter on disease processes.
  • Discuss ways to engage in humorous interchanges with patients, colleagues, and other healthcare providers.

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

About the Authors:

Mary Bennett, DNS, APRN, has been a professor and director at the Western Kentucky University School of Nursing for 27 years and practices as a primary care family nurse practitioner.  She has received research funding and awards from Rush University, Indiana State University, Western Kentucky University, and the Lambda Sigma and Kappa Theta chapters of Sigma Theta Tau International. Dr. Bennett has presented at national and international conferences and her research has published in 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 Austin Peay State University School of Nursing, has a PhD in health psychology, and a masters in holistic nursing.  Dr. Wilson has a private practice as a holistic nurse, over 100 peer-reviewed research articles, and 150 professional and peer-reviewed presentations.  She is an internationally known speaker and managing editor of the International Journal of Childbirth Education.  Dr. Wilson was awarded the Tennessee 2015 March of Dimes Nurse Educator of the Year, the Tennessee Nurses Association Award for Nursing Excellence in Education, and the 2017-2018 Holistic Nurse of the Year.

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