The focus of this presentation is to examine how humor can be used to help relieve stress in patients as well as the medical team. Through examples and discussion, participants will take away key components to incorporate humor to their daily child life practice to help build resiliency for both patients and staff. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Explore the impact of humor between patients and health care staff.
Engage in group discussions to brainstorm the fit for humor in their programming.
Discuss the literature and evidence base for the positive and negative roles of humor.
Brittany E. O'Shea
Brittany O'Shea, HMBA, CCLS, is currently completing her seventh year as a child life specialist. She received her undergraduate degree from Edgewood College in Madison, WI, where she majored in child life. In October 2017, Brittany earned her Healthcare Management Masters of Business Administration from Chrisfian Brothers University. Currently, she is a child life specialist for the neuro-oncology and solid tumor patients from birth to 10 years old on the inpatient unit at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Brittany utilizes humor on the inpatient unit with her medical team to help lighten the mood and help the inpatients cope with their treatment. Brittany is an active member of the neuro-oncology/solid tumor shared decision-making council and is currently working with leadership to implement a facility dog program.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital