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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Nurses like me respond to disparging attitude on "The View"

"Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on her neck", asked Joy Behar?  Oh paaaleeze! In fact, the stethoscope, more likely than not, belonged to Kelley Johnson!

Under the category of "what in the world were they thinking?", nurses are justifiably united in our low opinion of "The View", as this story unfolds.

Nurses bash 'The View' hosts, start #NursesUnite social media campaign: by Diana Falzone

(Obviously the ignorant Joy Behar does not have any understanding about the "art or caring"). Nevertheless, as my friend and colleague Donna Policastro says, nurses can now take the high road and use this incident as a "teachable moment".

Sunday’s 2016 Miss America pageant featured Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson, whose talent consisted of a monologue about her profession as a nurse.

The next day, “The View” co-host Joy Behar said she did not consider the monologue a legitimate talent, and appeared ill-informed on the nursing profession as a whole.

In particular, she didn't understand part of Johnson's nurse scrubs, asking: “Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on her neck?”
Host Michelle Collins also remarked: “She basically read her emails out loud and surprisingly did not win.” She then jabbed, “She (Johnson) treats patients with Alzheimer’s, which is not funny, but you have to Google it (her performance).”

Lee-Ann L'Heureux, my husband's nephew's wife, responded to "The View" and this embarrassing incident on her Facebook.
She's a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital:

"I was too tired after my long, challenging shift at work yesterday to comment/post about this...Shame on you Michelle Collins and Joy Behar for laughing about Miss Colorado's choice to showcase her amazing talent of being a nurse and sharing an emotional, uplifting story during her monologue during the talent portion of the competition. You obviously do not comprehend the strength, compassion, dedication and courage it takes to be a nurse EVERYDAY. You've embarrassed yourselves and messed with the wrong profession. You owe Kelley Johnson and nurses everywhere an apology and we are waiting." ‪#‎nursesunite‬ ‪#‎nursekelley‬ ‪#‎shameonyou‬ ‪#‎unbelievable‬

Obviously, Michelle Collins and Joy Behar have no knowledge about the Gallop Poll opinion about nurses.  In 2014, the Americans reported that nurses had the highest honesty and ethical standards.  Members of Congress were among the worst.

Joining with my nursing colleagues and all the dedicated hard working professional nurses of the world, I call for all of us to ask Michelle Collins and Joy Behar to follow a nurse for a day. And then, afterward, give them a quiz. Ask them, how many times they witness the patients saying "thank you" to their nurses.

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