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Laughter is the Best Medicine

Someone You Should Know: Nurse of 45 Years Shares Sense of Humor With Patients


HEALTH IN BISMARCK OPENED UP ITS SAME-DAY SURGERY CENTER. THIS WOMAN WAS THERE THAT DAY — AND SHE’S STILL THERE TODAY, BRINGING A SPECIAL KIND OF CARE TO PATIENTS WHO NEED IT. MEET THIS WEEK’S SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW. (TIM OLSON, KX NEWS) IF LAUGHTER IS INDEED THE BEST MEDICINE — JOKE A LITTLE BIT, AND I CAN SEE THEM RELAX… I LOVE THAT SO MUCH.” (OLSON) THE MOBRIDGE NATIVE IS IN HER 45TH YEAR OF PUTTING IN LONG HOURS AS A REGISTERED NURSE. (HERMAN) “ON A NORMAL DAY, MY ALARM CLOCK GOES OFF ABOUT 3:30, 3:45. THERE’S A LOT TO GET READY! (LAUGH)” (OLSON) AUDREY CAN BE FOUND HERE, IN SAME-DAY SURGERY — WHERE SHE HELPS PATIENTS PREP SURGERY, WE TAKE YOUR CLOTHES, WE TAKE YOUR FOOD, WE TAKE YOUR WATCH, AND WE SAY ‘YOU JUST SIT HERE IN THIS GOWN.’ THAT CAN BE REALLY DIFFICULT FOR A PATIENT. THAT’S WHY I LIKE TO SPRINKLE A LITTLE HUMOR IN IT.” “COOL DADDY-O. GROOVY!” (OLSON) IT MIGHT SOUND FUNNY (I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY IT SOUNDS ‘FUNNY’…), BUT IF YOU ASK AUDREY, CRACKING JOKES ON THE JOB IS CRUCIAL TO GOOD BEDSIDE MANNER. (HERMAN) “WHEN THEY LAUGH, THEY TAKE DEEPER BREATHS, THEY GET MORE OXYGEN IN THEIR LUNGS. IF THEY FEEL BETTER, AND YOU HAVE A WHEN THEIR LIVES ARE TURNING UPSIDE-DOWN. (HERMAN) “LITTLE THINGS THAT I CAN DO THAT’LL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIFE. NOT LIKE, ‘OH AUDREY, YOU’RE SO WONDERFUL!’ THAT’S NOT IT. BUT MAYBE I MADE IT BETTER FOR THEM, SO THAT WHEN THEY GO HOME THEY MIGHT NOT HAVE SUCH A TOUGH DAY. THAT’S WHAT’S MORE IMPORTANT, IS THAT YOU TAKE IT HOME.” (OLSON) AUDREY HERMAN — THE RN WITH THE RIGHT OUTLOOK… “WHOOP WHOOP!” (OLSON) …IS SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW. TIM OLSON, KX NEWS. AUDREY SAYS SHE KNEW SHE WANTED (AMBER WHEELER, KX WEATHER)

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