It started out as a joke between two friends, but they didn't want to be the only ones laughing.
So they set the wheels of their humor cart in motion and filled their hospital unit with cheer.
The story begins with two staff nurses. However, their "humor high" was short-lived, especially once they returned to the stresses of med-surg/hospice nursing.
Townsend and Mohan, who between them have more than 30 years of nursing experience, figured that if they didn't do something to change the situation, the joke would be on them.
The fun began when they placed a "joke jar" at the nurses' station, from which staff members could get a quick humor fix.
The joke jar broke the ice, and soon felt a twitch in her funny bone. Together the trio created the humor cart, a mobile unit designed to lift the morale of staff members and the spirits of patients on the unit.
The humor bug bit quite a few staff members, who joined in the fun with their own additions to the humor cart. Jade , RN, offered a shot glass she had labeled to demonstrate varying doses of laxatives.
The levels on the shot glass ranged from "small squirt" to "super pooper. chairman of the department of psychiatry (and the East Coast distributor of red noses), stocked the cart with its first 100 clown noses, which are given to patients in need of some cheering up.
. Invitations were posted around the hospital. The day of the event, phone calls spread a "rumor about humor" to remind staff members from other units to attend.
Everyone who came received a clown nose or a silly hat, and there were plenty of trinkets, candy, cake, and of course, jokes, to help people get in the mood.
Even Vice President of Patient Services/Chair of the Department of Nursing attended the opening ceremonies and hospital President and CEO, donned a clown nose for the festivities.
The cart continues to cheer patients and hospital staff alike.
Although the med-surg/hospice unit is busy, the Fun on the Run cart helps make the daily routine less than routine.
They are proud of their creation and encourage all health care professionals to add a daily dose of humor in their care settings: "
Be sure to share a smile, as it will absolutely, positively be worth your while!"