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Jane Bates: Risk being annoying – a bit of banter lifts the mood

Even if your comedy routine isn’t always appreciated, humour is still a great way of helping patients to relax, says Jane Bates.
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Even if your comedy routine isn’t always appreciated, humour is still a great way of helping patients to relax, says Jane Bates

As nurses, we are taught to listen to patients. Being ever alert to the way they breathe, how they move, what they say becomes a habit. But you don’t always hear what you want to hear.

Preparing patients for cataract surgery, I overheard a relative being rather disparaging about the efforts of myself and my colleague to jolly everyone along. He used the expression ‘double act’, and dared to suggest we use the same patter every time.

This disrespect of our comedy routine was especially harsh as I had come up with a new joke. So no, I wanted to say, it’s not always the same. Fresh material each day, people.

Make them smile

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