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. She transitioned from nursing to speaking when she realized she didn’t have to put in 12-hour shifts, didn’t have to handle body fluids, and did get standing ovations. Through her 20+ years of research and experience, she’s concluded that “Humor is Power” and it can help lead people toward more positive, healthy and happy lives.
Karyn is an inductee into the National Speakers Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame. She has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. She serves on the advisory boards of the Invisible Disabilities Association and the American Happiness Association. And she is the co-founder of World Laughter Tour.
About that long list of credential letters up there next to her name…
CSP = Certified Speaking Professional. That means she speaks a lot.
CPAE = Council of Peers Award for Excellence. That means her peers think she’s really, really good!
MSN = Masters of Science in Nursing
RN= Registered nurse (surely you knew this, but didn’t seem fair to leave it out).
Karyn’s audiences are diverse. In one month she spoke for the Mayo Clinic, Pfizer, the Association for peri-Operative Room Nurses, the Airforce, and the Million Dollar Round Table! Her clients hire Karyn to entertain, educate and inspire their audiences over and over again. Karyn has addressed thousands of audiences around the world, to groups from 10 to 10,000. Wherever she speaks, Karyn’s inspirational, entertaining, and practical message brings audiences to their feet.
If writing burned calories, Karyn would be a size 2. She is a contributing author of several Chicken Soup books, a co-author of The Service Prescription: Healthcare the Way It Was Meant to Be, and author of Amazed & Amused: How to Survive and Thrive as a Healthcare Professional. Karyn is also the creator, author, and publisher of the multiple book series: What’s So Funny About…?
The media loves Karyn’s wit and wisdom. She is a frequent radio and television guest, and has appeared in many magazines such as Women’s Day, Shape, Marie Claire, Investor’s Business Daily, and US News & World Report as well as professional journals such as AJN, AORN, AACN, and Journal of Psychosocial Nursing.
Karyn’s mission in life: To improve global health through laughter and heal the humor-impaired. Here’s how she’s gonna do it on the cruise…
This Won’t Hurt a Bit – and other Fractured Truths in Healthcare
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 understand the health benefits of laughter and use it to get through the toughest of days and still remain smiling.
60-minutes | Open Session Keynote | 1 CE / CNE
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, at this workshop.
90-minutes | 1.5 CE / CNE