Karyn Buxman

Healthcare Professionals

What’s So Funny About Healthcare?

It might be hard to find an answer to that question.  The healthcare community is facing a plethora of perplexing problems.  There’s a continual pressure to do more with less.  All we have to do is see more patients, cure more conditions, and increase customer satisfaction with fewer staff, in less time, with fewer resources every day.

It doesn’t seem like there’s a lot to laugh about.

Nothing could be further from the truth.  Healthcare needs humor.  Humor has incredible benefits for our patients, our health care providers, and for the health care organizations and systems.

The strategic use of humor can transform the health care experience for everyone. Here’s how humor can help:

  • Improve the patient experience, opening the doors to effective communication and alleviating anxiety
  • Create a positive work place environment. Combat the problem of nursing hostility and staff tension
  • Provide staff with an effective, low cost way to reduce stress and avoid burnout
  • Serve as a valuable organizational differentiator: why should patients choose you for their care?
  • Enhance customer service experience, resulting in higher Press-Gainey scores

And there’s more!

Want to learn how you can use humor to transform your health care organization?

Book Karyn Buxman, RN, humor expert and speaker extraordinaire for your next meeting! Karyn is a highly sought humorist and internationally recognized expert in applied and therapeutic humor. She helps healthcare organizations of every size realize all of the benefits of humor by showing people how to harness the power of thought and the spirit of humor.


Healthcare Speaking Topics


Amazed & Amused: How to Survive & Thrive as a Healthcare Professional

Healthcare Inspiration/Entertainment: Keynote
Success is not measured only in dollars and cents, but also in the moments that you live amazed and amused. Balance is achieved not by see-sawing between opposites, but by accepting your place in the scheme of things, and by seeing it all as amazing and/or amusing. Surviving without thriving is not good enough, and we can only do our best when we self-create an attitude of amazement, and a perspective that encourages amusement. Bestselling author, RN, and observer of the human condition Karyn Buxman will take you on a life-changing journey of humor and hope.

This Won’t Hurt a Bit–And Other Fractured Truths in Healthcare

Healthcare Entertainment: Keynote
Sicker patients, irritable docs, cranky coworkers, days that are long on hours and short on resources. It’s obvious that the state of health care today is no joke—but it just may be a laughing matter, if we understand that humor is frequently generated by painful circumstances. Karyn understands that those who can’t learn to laugh in the midst of this highly stressful profession usually leave it. In a hysterically entertaining keynote, Karyn connects with fellow healthcare workers to help them get through the toughest of days and still remain smiling. A great opening or closing keynote.

I’m The Leader—Which Way Did They Go?

Healthcare Leadership: Keynote or Breakout
Successful people—in business, politics and life in general—have something in common: they understand that humor is an important trait for effective leaders. Ronald Reagan was a master at using humor on the world stage; the characters in M*A*S*H used humor to retain their sanity amid horrendous conditions; and your audience can learn how to use humor effectively in their daily work lives. Properly used, humor is a dynamic communication strategy that strengthens relationships, builds rapport, and enhances effectiveness. Karyn uses (hysterical) personal anecdotes, (solid) medical research, and (practical) tips to help your audience enhance their humor skills in the service of better leadership.

I’ve Got One Nerve Left –and You’re Standing on It

Healthcare: Stress Management/Life Balance: Keynote or Breakout
Expanding responsibilities, shrinking budgets, cranky coworkers, family demands, too much to do and not enough time to do it! Is it any wonder that we’re all a little edgy? Find out how taking care of yourself can affect your sanity, your success and everyone’s bottom line. Learn how to get through the toughest of days and still remain smiling. Discover how to survive and thrive in a world of change.
10 Quick Strategies for Soothing Stress

I Know You Think You Understood What You Thought I Said

Whether it’s one-on-one, in a classroom setting, or an important meeting, humor can give you a serious advantage. Want to convey information? Do you need to deal with an unpleasant situation? Do your circumstances call for negotiation? Join Karyn Buxman for the opportunity to laugh and to learn how to ramp up the effectiveness of your communication and reap the rewards.

The Service Prescription: Healthcare the Way It Was Meant to Be

Customer Service/Relationships: Breakout
Patients are what it’s all about. Without them—game over, everyone go home. Discover how to enhance patients’ relationships and satisfaction, as well as a cost-effective means of driving more money to your bottom line—through attitude and humor! Laugh and learn as Karyn Buxman reveals how the power of perspective can be translated into dollars-and-cents for your office/hospital’s success.

Student Nurse Catheter Story

Motivational speaker & nurse Karyn Buxman shares her inspirational yet funny story as a student nurse performing her first catheterization. Audiences are entertained and inspired by her overcoming adversity with humor.

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