I as many of my co-workers use humor to get through the roughest parts. You HAVE to find humor or you won’t survive it. Face it…we are in by far the toughest field. It’s emotionally, physically, mentally exhausting at times. Our stress levels are off the chart caused by employers demands, pt demands, families demands, staff shortage and the threat of having your license ripped from you for any mistake you make. You have to admit we ALL make mistakes.
When I was a charge nurse I played around when able to lighten the mood of my staff. Laughter for me really is the best medicine.