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Utilizing Humor to Improve Pediatric Care

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Course Overview

Utilizing Humor to Improve Pediatric Care
Beth Malley

Author: Beth Malley

The history of humor, laughter, and overall health has been a part of human civilization for centuries. There are examples throughout ancient history that showcase how people could recognize that a joyful spirit positively affected their health. For example, Greek physicians prescribed a visit to the hall of comedians as a part of the patient healing process. On top of this, 14th-century physicians would utilize humor during surgery to distract their patients, and in many cultures, serviced clowns/jesters would attempt to inspire laughter during procedures (1). As a pediatric health care provider, it’s essential to recognize the importance that humor and laughter can play in the patient’s experience and recovery. Developing skills and/or utilizing available resources can make a real difference for the pediatric patient, family, and community (8).  

Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. Current Practice in Pediatric Care
  3. Research 
  4. Humor Ages and Stages in Pediatric Care
  5. Humor Resources in Pediatric Care
  6. Conclusion 
  7. References 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss how to utilize humor-based interventions to improve pediatric care. It will take the average learner 90 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Recognize the past and present beliefs about humor and good health.  
  2. Understand the benefits of humor in pediatric care. 
  3. Identify the current practice of humor therapy in pediatrics. 
  4. Recognize the direction of current humor research in pediatrics. 
  5. Differentiate ages, stages, and humor interventions in pediatrics. 
  6. Identify humor resources. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course Created On: May 13, 2021

Course Renewed On: May 13, 2024

Course Expires On: May 13, 2027

Course Offering: #67