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Bedlam Among the Bedpans

Humor in Nursing

A must-read for nursing professionals, Bedlam Among the Bedpans: Humor in Nursing, includes over 100 of the funniest and most creative stories about nursing collected from nursing journals, books, and the internet that highlight the humor in the situations nurses face every day. Inspired by the experiences of real nurses, the stories relate situations with insights that only nurses who have "been there" in the field could have.

Paperback, 176 Pages

Published: August 2006

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-323-04524-7

Contents

  • Chapter 1 IT’S A FINE LIFE

    Top 10 Reasons to Become a Nurse

    Top Ten Reasons to Become a School Nurse

    You Know You’re a Nurse When

    You Might Be an Emergency Room (ER) Nurse If…

    Celebrate! Celebrate! Dance to the Music of Nursing

    So What Really Made You Become a Nurse?

    You Know It’s Gonna Be a Day When…

    Your Patient’s a Nurse When…

    10 Signs You Have Become Obsessed with Home Care

    You Might Be a Nurse If…

    Top Ten Reasons Why I Went into Nursing

    You May Have Too Much Experience as an Emergency Nurse if…

    Top Ten Signs That It’s Going to be a Bad Shift

    You Know You’re a Nurse When…


    Chapter 2 LOOKIN’ GOOD BUT FEELIN’ BAD

    Blood Pressure

    Need You Ask?

    Denture Adventures

    Odious Odours

    What a Weekend!

    The Crisis of Today

    Not Just Window Dressing: Gowns as the Latest Fashion

    ‘Twas the Night before Christmas: Codes for the Holidays

    Fire Drill Protocol

    Passing Fads

    Kidney Confusion

    More “Official Explanations” of Emergency Nursing

    Hold the Mayo

    Medical Mishaps

    Pre-op Instructions as Our Patients Hear Them

    Pot Luck

    How High is Too High?

    Even Nurses Have to Laugh


    Chapter 3 YOU’RE THE TOP

    Treat Your Nurse Right

    It’s Hard to Live with a Nurse Because…

    True Life: The World According to a Practice Nurse

    The Nurse

    This Time I Mean It

    What’s In a Name

    Nurses Do It Better

    We Are a Funny Lot

    Achy Breaky Neck

    Bubbles

    Can You Hear Me Now?

    Nurses Whose Names Give Away a Tad Too Much

    Beware: Mum Under Training

    Woe to be The Kid of Nurse!


    Chapter 4 SHALL I TELL YOU WHAT I THINK OF YOU?

    Praise Nurses and Your Patients Will Live Forever or Die Happy

    Bugs are Not Funny Syndrome

    3 Doctors & 3 Nurses

    Meeting Her Needs

    A New Speech Therapy Technique

    Skipping the Beat

    A Doctor, a Nurse, and a Shredder

    Fast! Warm! Fuzzy! Emergency!

    Help?

    Creating the “Wow” Experience


    Chapter 5 COULD WE START AGAIN, PLEASE?

    Help…I’ve Misplaced My Pronoun!

    Charting Bloopers: Spelling Errors

    Lost for Words

    The Study of “Ology”

    Charting Chuckles

    More Charting Chuckles

    Medical Terminology 101

    Top Ten Odd Medical Record Statements

    CPT Codes That Will Make You Chuckle

    Premedicated Humor

    Quotable Quotes from Transcription

    My Trips Over the Language Barrier

    Clarification, Please!

    Document—Don’t Duckamint!

    Acronyms anon

    Mr. Jones’ Diary


    Chapter 6 NIGHT AND DAY

    Finding Humor in Our Workplace

    Nursing Realities

    Desperate Strategies for Last-minute Staffing

    Top Ten Reasons (and More) Why I Want Star Trek’s Medical Beds in My Unit!

    What Does R.N. Really Stand For?

    A Mind of ITs Own

    Do You Know Me? I’m a Nurse

    I Wish I’d Shaved My Legs

    Bathroom Humor

    Yep, That’s My Job Too!

    Images of The Perfect Nurse

    Paydirt

    What are YOU Like?

    Twas the Night Before Christmas

    “Twas the Night…”


    Chapter 7 THE ROAD YOU DIDN’T TAKE

    Professor Plume’s Letters

    My Most Humorous Moment in Nursing

    Constipation among Operating Room Nurses: Flatulence as Evidence

    Do Your Own Homework

    Pie-eyed and Deskless

    But is it Sterile?

    Stating the Obvious

    Keeping Them in Stitches: Humor in Perioperative Education

    Bathing Beauty

    Media Lament

    Best Excuses if You Get Caught Sleeping at Your Desk

    Expert Nurse vs. Educated Nurse


    Chapter 8 LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING

    Modern Nurses Need a Perfect Body

    Memorandum: Addendum to the Employee Handbook

    A Cost Saving Memo

    The Six Million Dollar Nurse

    Reengineering for the Birds

    Arsenic and Old Remedies

    The Joys of Aging

    Cuts by Any Other Name

    How to Know You Are Growing Older

    Identity Crisis

    Rear View

    30 Thoughts for 30 Years

    I’m Too Old for This!

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