Nursing: Humor in Health Care: The Laughter Prescription, 3rd Ed.

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About Course #N1764

Release Date: June 30, 2018

Expiration Date: March 29, 2021

This continuing education program will examine the holistic effects of humor on the health of individuals. This course will look at the difference between humor and laughter, the development of humor studies, and how humor affects the biological, psychological, and sociological health of individual. The last part of this text will discuss ways in which healthcare providers can incorporate humor into care of individuals and their families. Evidenced-based practice is an important element in health care today. To support the suggestions regarding humor in practice, this text offers discussion of different studies pointing out the efficacy of humor in health care. The study results can be used as evidence to encourage others to incorporate humor into their plan of care. Suggestions for different methods of adding humor as an individual or as a facility are offered.

The target population for this course is any healthcare provider who works with patients, as well as any healthcare provider who wants to improve his or her knowledge of therapeutic humor.

About the Author(s)

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.

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.

Lynette S. Smith, PhD, PMHNP, FNP, is an assistant professor at Western Kentucky University School of Nursing. She has been nursing faculty for 6 years, teaching in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), family nurse practitioner (FNP) and doctor of nursing practice programs at the graduate level. She practices as a PMHNP and FNP in a community mental health setting. Dr. Smith's primary research interests include substance abuse, brief intervention and referral to treatment, clinical documentation in an electronic clinical tracking systems to meet national core competencies, and health-related quality of life outcomes.

Sherry Lovan, PhD, MSN, RN, has served as the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program coordinator in the Western Kentucky University School of Nursing since Fall 2012. Her educational background includes an Associate of Science in Nursing degree, a BSN degree, and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from Western Kentucky University (WKU). In 2009, she earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Administration and Organizational Leadership from the University of Louisville/WKU.

Course Disclosures

  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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