Nursing: Humor as a Healthcare Professional Intervention

22.95
Online
Elective
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About the Course

Research indicates that humor helps humans cope with stressful life events and provides them with strength to cope with difficult situations. The purpose of this education program is to provide healthcare professionals with information about the impact of humor on disease processes and how to appropriately engage in humorous interchanges with patients, families, colleagues, and healthcare providers.

Learning Outcomes
After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Define terms related to humor.
  • Explain the impact of humor and laughter on disease processes. 
  • Discuss the use of humor as a complementary therapy.
  • Explain how humor may be used as a coping mechanism.
  • Discuss how to appropriately engage in humorous interchanges with patients, families, colleagues, and healthcare providers.

About the Authors
Mary Bennett, DNS, APRN

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 levels. 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 the activity of natural killer cells. Since then, she has examined the effects of laughter, massage therapy, relaxation therapy, and music therapy on stress and immune function. 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

Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT, is an instructor in nursing and psychology at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Dr. Wilson has a PhD in health psychology with a focus in psychoneuroimmunology and a master’s 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. Dr. Wilson is an internationally known speaker on stress, health, immune function, and self-care. Dr. Wilson was awarded, by the American Holistic Nurses Association, as the 2017-2018 Holistic Nurse of the Year.

About the Reviewer
Adrianne E. Avillion, D.Ed., RN

Dr. Avillion is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and published healthcare education author. She is the owner of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business devoted to helping nurses maintain competency and enhance their professional growth and development. 

Course ID: 49165
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Humor as a Healthcare Professional Intervention

22.95
About the Course

Research indicates that humor helps humans cope with stressful life events and provides them with strength to cope with difficult situations. The purpose of this education program is to provide healthcare professionals with information about the impact of humor on disease processes and how to appropriately engage in humorous interchanges with patients, families, colleagues, and healthcare providers.

Learning Outcomes
After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Define terms related to humor.
  • Explain the impact of humor and laughter on disease processes. 
  • Discuss the use of humor as a complementary therapy.
  • Explain how humor may be used as a coping mechanism.
  • Discuss how to appropriately engage in humorous interchanges with patients, families, colleagues, and healthcare providers.

About the Authors
Mary Bennett, DNS, APRN

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 levels. 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 the activity of natural killer cells. Since then, she has examined the effects of laughter, massage therapy, relaxation therapy, and music therapy on stress and immune function. 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

Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT, is an instructor in nursing and psychology at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Dr. Wilson has a PhD in health psychology with a focus in psychoneuroimmunology and a master’s 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. Dr. Wilson is an internationally known speaker on stress, health, immune function, and self-care. Dr. Wilson was awarded, by the American Holistic Nurses Association, as the 2017-2018 Holistic Nurse of the Year.

About the Reviewer
Adrianne E. Avillion, D.Ed., RN

Dr. Avillion is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and published healthcare education author. She is the owner of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business devoted to helping nurses maintain competency and enhance their professional growth and development. 

Course ID: 49165