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jcrabtree2007
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I'm an ER RN. We get a lot of kids that come to the ER and many are scared. A little magic can really make them feel comfortable with me and the other staff. I have a pen for recap, a coin in my pocket, a rubber band - I am set.
I get a lot of people who come back to the ER and ask for me to be their nurse.
NurseRob
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On 2013-02-04 04:21, jcrabtree2007 wrote:
I'm an ER RN. We get a lot of kids that come to the ER and many are scared. A little magic can really make them feel comfortable with me and the other staff...


That is Awesome!!! I did ER for 12 years before went into pediatrics to chill out. I reduced my stress and increased my clinical magic as a result. My hope is to now spread the word about how close up magic can help clinicians with their patients, AND combat their own stress by using this performance art in their workplace!! Keep it up Brother!! check out my website http://www.magicnurse.com for more details on my approach to magic nursing.
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Hi Rob and friends on this thread! Very happy to find this thread. I'm in medical school and was lucky to take a seminar with a physician/magician on magic and medicine. I very much believe that magic can be a powerful tool to comfort patients. Moreover, I also believe that magic can inspire those of us in the healthcare professional alliance. I saw a nurse with an ace of hearts on the back of his hospital ID badge... he told me that a young patient of his performed magic with it and he carries it as a reminder of the importance of his work. My professor has taught me to think about how the extensive amount of practice, control of environment, and empathetic attention to our audiences as magicians can powerfully and positively be applied to our care for patients. I'm very excited to be part of both fields of magic and medicine with you!
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When I started cultivating my interest in magic, I had no idea I'd be posting on this thread. But a few years (and huge career change) later, and here I am an R.N. about to start my first nursing job! I'll be working with youth, so I'm sure I'll have some opportunities to break out a few effects.

Wish me luck!

— Daniel
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On 2013-03-06 20:42, DanielCoyne wrote:
When I started cultivating my interest in magic, I had no idea I'd be posting on this thread. But a few years (and huge career change) later, and here I am an R.N. about to start my first nursing job! I'll be working with youth, so I'm sure I'll have some opportunities to break out a few effects.

Wish me luck!

— Daniel


WOW....WOW...Really that is Awesome Daniel!! You are going to experience the power of clinical magic, when you see how effective it is in reducing patient anxiety and creating a better patient care experience. I am so thrilled for you. PLEASE post your experiences here in this thread. YOU are going to have some GREAT stories to share!!!
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Hi all!
So...I'm a 31 year old male nurse, and I absolutely love using magic as a tool at work. As a hospice nurse I care for those who are dying. Sometimes magic is a simple tool I can use to rid the grieving patient or family member of the severity of the challenging situation...even if only for a brief moment. Magic can take them back to their childhood days even though the end is near. I'm thinking of volunteering at the University of Michigan hospital just to do magic. Love you guys!
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I'm a fp doc. I think connecting with people is the most important thing. I think the trend of medicine is moving away from that and treating people as numbers. We need to fight that and keep humanity in medicine. Magic is a great way to do that. It helps me enjoy my job and help my patients feel like real people and not just a number.
Thank you to all who try to keep humanity in medicine!
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I've been working in an outpatient pharmacy in a medical center and have seen many parents come in with their kids bored and screaming, I can see it in the parents eyes that they wish they could get the kids to stop misbehaving. I normally walk up to the window if things are slow and ask the parents if their child would like to see a magic trick. There hasn't been a time when the parents said no. I pretty much do CMH and finish off with Hanson Chein's Touch and give them the rubber bands as a souvenir. Making not just the parents but the kids feel a sigh of relief makes my day whenever I get a chance. I understand that patients have been in the urgent care or ER for hours at a time or just being discharged from the unit, and the small amount of magic makes them forget all of it just for that one moment and I think it's worth it to bring some kind of amazement to a family that's just been through a lot.
Current things to work on: Everything loops, Pinky count, Coins coins coins...
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I am back for another quick update. I am now working clinically in a pediatric day surgery unit at Baylor Our Children's House, while I continue to build my clinical entertainment business: http://www.MagicNurse.com I am back to performing close up magic for my patients as part of my nursing practice. It really has had an impact on surgery patients and their families. performing a trick or two in pre-op is a fantastic way to distract and alleviate fear and anxiety. Then a finale performance upon discharge sends our folks home happy, knowing that we cared for them giving our best care performance. It just plain works.

on another note:

After graduating from clown school with the New York Goofs, and taking the clowning trip with Patch Adams, I developed a tramp clown character and began working as a professional clown: http://www.Trampclown.com . My master plan was to introduce the art of clowning into my skill set so that I may also include therapeutic clowning into my practice. I hope to report on my progress in this effort soon. I have found that the clown has universal appeal where magic may not be able to reach. As a "Clinical Performance Artist" adding clowning opens new doors. Hospital clowning as a therapeutic profession is gaining strength in healthcare settings throughout the world. There are degree plans in Therapeutic Clowning which combine courses in nursing and theatrical arts to prepare clowns for this specialized work. We are so fortunate to have one of the top rated programs right here in Dallas/Ft Worth.

Please keep adding your stories and experiences here. I will try to better attend and share more soon.
Take care and God Bless you guys who are sharing your talents with those who need it most!
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On 2014-01-09 23:58, NurseRob wrote:
...I am back to performing close up magic for my patients as part of my nursing practice. It really has had an impact on surgery patients and their families. performing a trick or two in pre-op is a fantastic way to distract and alleviate fear and anxiety...


Very nice! Adding some positive distraction (and maybe sneak in a positive suggestion of a great outcome) is a good thing to do. I worked as a US Navy Hospital Corpsman in the hospital, clinics and ER, I learned that helping alleviate fear and anxiety, as you say, is a wonderful gift to give.

Please keep us posted.
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Ray Bertrand
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Keep on giving. The rewards are priceless.

Ray
EnterTRAINment at its best.
NurseRob
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I have recently learned of a non profit magic organization in Chicago: http://www.openheartmagic.org/ I hope they have much success. I would like to see more of these programs get traction in hospitals around the country.
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This thread has been a wonderful read. When I did my clinical pastoral education at Hershey Medical Center during seminary, I was assigned to the pediatric ward and the heart transplant ward. I am always pleased to see the holistic approach applied to the art/science of medicine. Patients are people! Please, please, please keep up the exceptional work...and Well Done!
The Rev. William B. Henry, Jr.
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Magic Oli
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I'm doing my high school finals at the moment and have always wanted to be a doctor but also a magician. I can't wait to be able to help and give wonder to the people in need Smile
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On Jul 28, 2014, NurseRob wrote:
I have recently learned of a non profit magic organization in Chicago: http://www.openheartmagic.org/ I hope they have much success. I would like to see more of these programs get traction in hospitals around the country.


This year Open Heart Magic will help over 7,300 sick children deal with the stress of being in the hospital. This is an organization with only a few on staff and over 100 volunteer magicians visiting hospitals on a weekly basis. Please consider making a contribution to keep this wonderful organization growing. www.OpenHeartMagic.org

Hudson
NurseRob
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I have been quite busy these last 2 years working on this Magic Nurse concept. Here is a link to a news story: http://www.dallasnews.com/lifestyles/hea......lown.ece
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NurseRob
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Have I mentioned lately that being a "Magic Nurse" has been a lifetime game changer for me? I wrote a book about it, and I will share the details on that experience soon. If we are not already FB friends look up MagicNurse Rob. Happy Mothers Day Everyone!
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I'm not a physician, but a clinical psychologist. As part of my outreach, I incorporate magic as part of my talks. Heck, I even did a magic trick as part of my ABPP exam.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.

-Roald Dahl
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