As nurses, we can definitely benefit from a healthy repertoire of coping mechanisms.
"It was 1981 and my second night duty in SGH's A&E unit. As I was going around, an elderly Chinese man approached me and asked for the location of the toilet. I gestured to the patient toilets on the right and saw him walk hurriedly in that direction.
After I completed what I was doing, I turned to retrace my steps, just in time to see the old man coming out of the fire hose closet! When I asked him, the old man pointed to the sign on the door with the image of a nozzle spray. I could barely hold back my laughter. I then realised that the patient was illiterate. I should have been clearer in my communication.
This incident always brings a smile each time I look back to my nursing days. As nurses, we can definitely benefit from a healthy repertoire of coping mechanisms, and humour often works best."
Lim Fong Chee
Deputy Director, Nursing
Singapore General Hospital