A dose of humor is useful to all of us working in healthcare professions
If you worked in a hospital or other community facility on Thursday, May 25, you may have noticed it was Red Nose Day. This honors a fundraising campaign organized by the nonprofit Comic Relief, Inc., which began by sponsoring a series of telethons back in the 1980s to raise money for the homeless. Red Nose Day, launched in 2015, aims to end child poverty, both in the U.S. and in poor communities around the world.
All of the grant money raised by Red Nose Day supports projects to “keep children and young people safe, healthy, educated and empowered.” Some of the beneficiaries of Red Nose Day grants include charity organizations such as:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
- charity:water, devoted to “ending the water crisis in our lifetime.”
- Children's Health Fund (founded by singer Paul Simon), which offers healthcare advocacy for children and families via mobile clinics
- Feeding America, a national network of food banks.
- Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which focuses on increasing access to immunizations in poor countries.
- National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino nonprofit advocacy organization in the U.S., which advocates in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education, workforce and the economy, health, and housing.
- Save the Children, an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that promotes children's rights, provides relief, and helps support children in developing countries (giving “girls and boys a healthy start, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm”).
- the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, an international financing organization.
You can read out about the impact of some of the Red Nose Day Grantees.
What can you do to bring this spirit of caring and healing along with you in your day-to-day work with patients and others? Here are some ideas for inspiration:
Feeling inspired? You can bring this same lightness and generosity into all of your interactions with patients—of all ages. You’ll know when it’s appropriate to make a joke, and when it’s wise to remain serious. What will you do between now and the next Red Nose Day to have an impact where you live and work?
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