This awesome comment came to us from TMTM Army Member #67, Lucy H. She had just watched the inspiring and touching post, People Are Amazing: Dancing Nurses Brighten Cancer Patient’s Day!
This made my heart sing! Lovely post Greg. Laughter IS the BEST medicine is so much more than a saying!
I nursed for many years and my favourite film Patch Adams was/is the most inspirational reminder for me of just how human compassion and the art of true empathy is found at the heart of every REAL nurse. Nursing when done properly and from the heart is so much more than simply delivery of care.
Understanding the vital importance state of mind can play on a person young or old should be an integral part of healthcare training. Like Patch I was often metaphorically rapped on the knuckles by the hierarchy for my antics and my sense of humour with my patients – I quietly ignored each and every one of their outdated ill informed rants on every occasion and continued to use humour as often as I could because my patients loved it, were happy, felt cared for and trusted that I was truly on their side. This level of involvement of course also produced a wonderful byproduct.
Nursing is by it’s very nature an intensely emotional and often sad profession with high levels of stress. You can’t bring happiness to someone else without it also helping you and so I think it often helped me cope in a notoriously unsupported profession when particularly difficult cases arose. I left nursing ten years ago but still use humour at every given opportunity especially as a tool to assist me as a parent!
Thanks for being so articulate, caring and inspirational, Lucy!