Humour as a nursing intervention

Journal of Neurology & Neurophysiology

ISSN - 2155-9562

Humour as a nursing intervention

28th World Congress on Neurology and Therapeutics

February 28-March 01, 2019 | Berlin, Germany

Aschwin Van Loon

Amsterdam UMC, VU University Medical Center, Netherlands

Scientific Tracks Abstracts: J Neurol Neurophysiol

Abstract :

Therapeutic humour is defined to be any intervention that promotes health and wellness by stimulating a playful discovery, expression or appreciation of the absurdity or incongruity of life's situations. This intervention may enhance health or be used as a complementary treatment of illness to facilitate healing or coping, whether physical, emotional, cognitive, social or psychological. Humour can be used in all kinds of ways or situations, to relativize, make tense situations less tense or it can be used to make life more pleasant. If a nurse uses humour as an intervention in complimentary care, certain patients may complain less. This paper will look at Humour as a nursing intervention. A review of the literature was done and after the review a questionnaire was undertaken and from that questionnaire and review conclusions were drawn.


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Biography :

Aschwin Van Loon has worked on neurology wards and neuro surgery wards for almost two decades and after working as a registered senior nurse at a rehabilitaion centre on a ward with MS, lower and upper leg amputees and paraplegic’s patients. He has always wondered why they, as nursing staff, always use humour when they are around other nurses but almost never when they are around their patients. He has started nursing care when he was in late twenties after he had done another education in sports. Finally after much taking and debating with thesis counsellor he came up with ‘Humour as a Nursing Intervention’. In 2013 while attending the World Neuroscience Congress of the WFNN in Japan he came in contact with Vicki Evans and and she helped him to publish my thesis as an article in the Australasian Journal of Neuroscience.

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