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Here’s help for planning medical banquets, seminars, meetings, parties, presentations and conferences. Inject some fun or serious thought into your group using humorous entertainment, devotionals, medical prayers and creeds, skits, readings, group interaction, feedback, and networking.

  1. Demonstrate the nursing process as a skit.

    Using our Care Plan and a book on the NANDA nursing diagnoses as a guide, write your own care plan to meet needs of nurses in your group. Include part or all of the steps in the nursing process. Depending on which nursing text you are using, this may include items such as assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation or intervention, expected outcome, and evaluation.

    If this is to be a teaching session for nurses or students as well, you may want to include a rationale.

    If it is for a social event, you might do a humorous skit entitled “Nursing Diagnoses that NANDA rejected!”

    If you use this idea, email me a copy of your skit and/or care plan. We may be able to include it on this website. Only clean, wholesome material will be included here.

  2. Network about nursing stress.

    You may need to divide into small groups. Use the material at http://www.carenurse.com/stress/ to get started. Determine causes of nursing stress in your group, and share with each other how you have coped with these needs.

  3. Share a story.

    Share an anecdote of your own to open your program, or to illustrate a point. Or use one of My own nursing anecdotes, or My own humorous nursing anecdotes, true stories from my nursing experience.

  4. “Honor” a supervisor, doctor, or someone special.

    Read The Proverbs 31 nurse in honor of the special person, changing “her” to “him,” or changing “nurse” to “doctor” as needed.

    Or, using a selection from your nursing experience, or the Medical humor section, tell a story or present a skit substituting the “special” person’s name.

    For example, using the cartoon entitled Discharge planning tips as an idea generator, an IV line is taped to a “patient’s” wrist, and the “patient” is dressed in a hospital gown and pajama bottoms. A “nurse” dressed in uniform transports the “patient” via a wheelchair to a stack of dishes, and the “patient” stands up and pretends to start washing them. The “nurse” says, “Only 617 more plates to scrub…then we will take out your IV and you will be free to go home!” The moderator says, “In Mrs. Barton’s class we learned a lot of discharge planning tips. She taught us that unexpected medical expenses often require an extra overnight hospital stay.”

    As an alternative to the above idea, use this along with a few similar items and call it “Things Mrs. Barton never taught us in Nursing II.”

    Or “accuse” the “honored” person of having documented the list of Medical bloopers.

    Or read the Memorandum as having been sent by the supervisor, and laughingly report that the consensus is he may be carrying things a bit too far.

    Be sure everything is done in good humor and that no one is embarrassed by your jesting.

  5. Incorporate a medical tradition: prayers, creeds, and poetry.

    Use one of the Nurses’ prayers or Medical creeds or a selection from the Nursing poetry section at the beginning of your banquet, or just before eating.

  6. Focus on the spiritual aspect of nursing.

    Share the information in Nursing the spirit, or offer your own comments about the spiritual aspect of nursing. Encourage the group to come to grips with their own spirituality and to begin to focus more on this aspect of nursing.

  7. Take a look at nursing’s past.

    Review my Nursing memories section and share tidbits or ask the oldest member of your group to share what nursing was like “back then.”

    For a humorous look at bygone days, read Nurses’ duties in 1887 to the group, possibly having “nurses’ act out the various duties as you read the item.

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