On condition that the nurse is in possession of timing, tact and empathy a professional application of humour may impart some important elements to the patient. The power of humour to create contact and space for difficult dialogues makes it immensely usable in the interaction with the patient. Applicating humour the nurse may help the patient to be in close contact with the severe problems in the situation and give him the possibility to distance himself from an otherwise unbearable situation.

In a rehabilitation unit for apoplectics an interplay between confrontation and humour may give the brain-damaged patient space for coming to terms with and accepting the changed conditions of life. It is not necessary always to use humour equally goal-orientated. Once a while the brain-damaged patient needs a break.