Legendary Nurse Humorist
Patty Wooten is a nurse-humorist and an industry icon whose laughter, wit and wisdom heal the hearts of audiences around the world. Patty is often called the “Queen of Jest,” because she’s tickled the funny bones of millions. The world understands more about the healing power of humor because of Patty’s lifelong work with leaders in the field – leaders such as Norman Cousins, Vera Robinson, PhD, RN, Bill Fry, MD, Lee Berk, DrPH, and other leading humor researchers and practitioners. Even before he was a celebrity, Patty clowned with Dr. Patch Adams, and was a featured columnist for the Journal of Nursing Jocularity.
As the matriarch of the modern therapeutic humor movement, Patty is a founding member of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, a member of the professional advisory board for the World Laughter Tour, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in the field of therapeutic humor.
Patty is an icon within the therapeutic humor industry and has published three books and more than 50 articles about the therapeutic value of humor and laughter. Her research about humor and burnout was presented at the International Society for Humor Studies. Patty has appeared on numerous television shows including, “To Tell the Truth,” and her work has been featured in USA Today.
Audiences who hear Patty are changed forever by the compassionate spirit of this fun-loving, caring, dynamic celebrity. She inspires hope and happiness in the hearts of all who share in a “Patty Moment.”
Most Popular Topics:
Professional Survival: You Can Laugh or You Can Cry!
Health care reform has created drastic changes in the delivery of health care. Workloads have increased and resources have diminished. Tensions are high, morale is low. An ability to laugh and apply a humorous perspective will help you remain flexible, creative and responsive to change. Learn how humor can help you cope with the crisis. Understanding what makes you laugh will help you develop a self care program incorporating a variety of amusing modalities. This presentation will help you develop an awareness of your own unique sense of humor and help you use it to protect you from the harmful effects of stress.
Finding Comedy in Chaos? You Can’t Be Serious
Are you feeling tense, overwhelmed or exhausted from the chaos and demands of your job? An ability to laugh and apply a humorous perspective will help you remain flexible, creative and responsive to change. Learn how humor can help you cope with the crisis and manage the moment. Understanding what makes you laugh will help you develop a self care program incorporating a variety of amusing modalities. This presentation will help you develop an awareness of your own unique sense of humor.
Comedy and Cancer? You’ve Got to be Kidding
Coping with cancer is no laughing matter . . . or is it? An ability to laugh during our cancer experience helps us release tension, gain perspective and feel a sense of control. Patty Wooten is a cancer survivor, a registered nurse and a professional clown. She blends these three perspectives to help us understand just how important laughter is during recovery. You will laugh, learn and lighten up during her hilarious presentation. Ms. Wooten has entertained more than a quarter million people across the US and around the world.
Choosing the Amusing: Therapeutic Humor Techniques
Laughter can be a therapeutic activity for patients. There are many techniques to elicit laughter. This session will provide practical ideas for building a humor program in the clinical setting. We will explore styles of: verbal humor, physical comedy, magic, puppetry and the use of props and sight gags. Creation of humor baskets, comedy carts, and clown visitation programs will be explored. Guidelines for assessing audience receptivity and for using humor appropriately will be suggested.
Can You Manage to Laugh? Humor Skills for Leaders
Healthcare reform has created drastic changes in the delivery of care. A successful leader must be flexible, creative and dynamic. Workloads have increased and resources have diminished. Tensions are high, morale is low. Developing and using a sense of humor is one communication tool to enhance leader effectiveness. When used appropriately humor inspires vision, facilitates cooperation and resolves conflict. Laughing together creates a sense of community and lifts morale which can in turn improve customer satisfaction and impact the bottom line.
Compassionate Laughter: Connecting Heart to Heart with Humor
Compassionate caregivers radiate a loving energy and connect to others with an open heart and a joyful spirit. Sharing laughter can increase this intimacy and communion. Humor can also provide a detached perspective that will protect the caregiver from feeling overwhelmed by the pain and suffering they witness. Learn how the “laughing spirit” can enhance the healing partnership.
Laughter is the Best Medicine: Scientific Research Proves It!
For thousands of years, the human race has extolled the health-enhancing benefits of laughter. Current research in the areas of psychology, physiology, and psychoneuroimmunology is defining the specific changes effected by the experience of mirthful laughter. Laughter can be a therapeutic tool to support a patient’s recovery from illness or to protect the caregiver from the harmful effects of stress.
Heart, Humor and Healing: Humor’s Healing Potential
Chronic illness is serious. Treatment options may be frightening. Adjusting to treatment and side effects can be frustrating. Our ability to maintain a “light-hearted” attitude and a willingness to laugh can help us cope with these changes. Humor has therapeutic value. It provides a comic relief for the tension that develops during illness and recovery. Mirthful laughter can stimulate the immune system and offset the harmful effects of stress. Humor creates joy-filled connections with family, friends and caregivers.
This presentation will help you to develop an awareness of your own unique sense of humor, discover humor skills to help you cope with change and provide many opportunities to laugh. If you are humor impaired, suffer from terminal seriousness, or just need a humor booster; this presentation has jest what you need.
Make ’em Laugh: Developing Your Comic Potential
Do you want to be funnier, but just don’t know how? Whether you work in healthcare, business, education, or other areas of human service, your ability to stimulate laughter can enhance your rapport, enliven your communication, and increase your professional effectiveness. Even if you are humor impaired, you can learn new skills to increase your comic potential.
Laughter and Learning: Tickle While You Teach
Your ability to “make ’em laugh” will increase your effectiveness in the classroom. Humor and laughter have been shown to increase both attention and retention. Do you want to be funnier, but just don’t know how? Learn techniques to enliven your classroom with laughter. Even if you are humor impaired, you can learn new skills to increase your comic potential.
Putting Fun to Work: Humor Skills to Enhance Professional Performance
Having fun together can be a powerful team building strategy. Laughter is instantaneous and brief, yet its effects can be positive and lasting. Properly used, humor can help resolve conflicts, open communications, relieve tensions and promote teamwork. Research has also proved that humor and laughter enhance creative problem solving and increase productivity. In this interactive worship participants will learn about the team building power of humor, laughter and play. Through the use of cooperative games, group exercises and creative skit performances, participants will experience the effectiveness of positive playfulness to build stronger teams.