Karyn’s Curriculum Vitae
Karyn Lynn Buxman, RN, MS, CSP, CPAE
RN Lic.# 080815 MO
Academic: Master of Science from the University of Missouri, Columbia, December, 1990. BSN: University of New York, Regents Program, January 1988. Diploma: Blessing Hospital School of Nursing, Quincy, Illinois, June 1979.
Work Experience: 2008 to present: publisher of Journal of Nursing Jocularity. 1991 to present: working full time as a professional speaker, writer, and consultant. Primary topic is humor as it relates to health and business professionals. Past experience includes Instructor for ASN program at Hannibal LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri 1988-1991; AirMed (air ambulance) 1990-1991; School Nurse from 1986 to 1988; Instructor for Hannibal School of Practical Nursing 1983-1986; Marion County Health Department, 1983; Levering Hospital 1979-1983 (positions during this time included medical-surgical, emergency room, intensive care, and surgery, quality assurance); Pediatric nurse at Hannibal Clinic, 1979.
Professional Organizations: Member of Missouri Nurses Association (MoNA), 9th District, 1983 to present. Offices held include treasurer, secretary, vice president, president, and board member. Member of American Nurses Association (ANA) 1983 to present. Member of Association for Applied & Therapeutic Humor (AATH) 1989 to present. Member of the International Society of Humor Studies 1989 to present. Member of Sigma Theta Tau, 1990 to present. Named a Diplomat at the American Institute of Stress in 2017. Member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), 1990 to present; National Chair for Humor Professional Emphasis Group (P.E.G.), 1995-1996. elected to National Board of Directors 2002; NSA Eastern Educational Workshop Convention Chair 2003. Member of St. Louis Gateway Chapter NSA 1990 to present. Chapter offices held include VP 1995-1996; President 1996-1997, Board of Directors, NSA/San Diego 2005 to present. Chapter offices held include VP Chapter Programming 2005-2006; President 2007 to present. Board of Directors, AATH 2006 to present; President 2009-2011. Instructor AATH Humor Academy Level 3, 2010 to present. Co-chair AATH Humor Academy, 2012 to present.
Community Service: Active lifetime member of Trinity Episcopal Church until her move in ’04. Current member Seaside Church, Encinitas, CA. Volunteer for AVENUES (an abused women’s shelter) 1989 to 2004. Member of Hannibal Public School Board, 1991-1994. 1995 Member of Planning Committee for C.H.A.R.T. (Community Health Assessment & Resource Team). Advisory Board member for “The Invisible Disabilities Advocate” 2008 to present.
Achievements: Voted “Nurse of the Year” 1991 by Missouri Nurses’ Association, 9th District. Chosen as “Young Business Woman, 1991″ by the Business and Professional Women, Hannibal, MO, 1991. Listed in Marqui’s Who’s Who in the Midwest; Who’s Who of American Women, 19th edition; The World Who’s Who of Women, 13th edition, Who’s Who World Wide and Who’s Who in Nursing. Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), NSA 1998. Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE)/Speaker Hall of Fame, NSA 2001. Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor 2004. University of Missouri Alumni of the Year Award 2004. 2009 recipient of Invisible Disabilities Advocate Healthcare Honors Award.
Activities: Authored numerous articles for publications including Advance for Nurses, Advance for Administrators in Radiology& Radiation Oncology, AACN Clinical Issues, AJN, AORN, ASRT Scanner, Coping, Hawaii Medical Journal, Healing Ministry, Healthcare Review, Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, Nursing91, Journal of Nursing Jocularity, Managing Employee Health Benefits, The Journal of Neonatal Nursing. Offered expertise for articles in publications including Family Circle (The Humor Habit, pg. 64, February 11, 2003), FIT (A Laughing Matter, pg. 62-64 & 94, January/February 1999), Investor’s Business Daily, Life @Work (Wit @ Work, pg. 52-57, November/December 2001), Nursing Focus (Injecting Humor Into Healthcare, pg. 8-9, July/August 1997), SHAPE (Humor Heals Body And Soul, pg. 32, May 2001), Yoga Journal (What’s So Funny?, pg. 18, November/December 1999). Contributing author, Humor and Wellness in Clinical Intervention (Praeger Publishers, 2001), Where the Heart Is, Stories of Home & Family (Personal Power Press, 1996), Chocolate for a Woman’s Heart (Simon & Schuster, 1998) Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul (Health Communications, Inc., 2001), Give Stress A Rest (James & Brookfield Publishers, 2001), and Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul (Health Communications, Inc. 2002). Served as vice president and contributing editor for Journal of Nursing Jocularity; editor of the national newsletter for the AATH: Therapeutic Humor. Produced independent study project: 4 audiocassette/booklet Health Care FUN-damentals, approved for 6.2 contact hours, 1994. Co-Edited: Nursing Perspectives on Humor (Power Publications, 1995). Co-author: The Service Prescription: Healthcare the Way It Was Meant to Be 2009. Author/publisher: This Won’t Hurt A Bit! And Other Fractured Truths in Healthcare, 2000; Amazed & Amused: Surviving & Thriving as a Healthcare Professional, 2008; Editor/publisher Laughing Your Way to More Money, Better Sex & Thinner Thighs, 2007; publisher e-zine: Lytebytes. Producer/Director HumorLab Podcasts for Healthcare (2007-present). Contributing editor NurseTogether.com 2008 to present. Author/Publisher What’s So Funny About… Diabetes?, 2012; What’s So Funny About… School Nursing?, 2012; Author/Publisher What’s So Funny About… Heart Disease?, 2013; What’s So Funny About.. OR Nursing?, 2013.