If you caught the 2016 Miss America Pageant on Sunday night then you saw a very touching performance by Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson. During the talent portion of the competition, Kelley Johnson performed a monologue about her experience as a nurse, specifically her profound encounter with a patient who had Alzheimer’s. In comparison to the number of sing and dance routines, it was refreshing and on its own it was moving, relatable, and is causing a bit of a stir in the media.
Monday morning on the popular talk show ‘The View,’ co-host Michelle Collins mocked Miss Colorado’s talent piece chiding that “she basically read her emails out loud and shockingly did not win…I mean you just had to see it.” I did see it and I thought it was beautiful, and so did a number of nurses across the nation, who have rallied in support of the second runner-up.
However, it was Joy Behar’s comments during the mockery that have really caused an uproar, as nurses have taken to multiple social media outlets demanding for Behar to apologize to Miss Colorado and the nurses themselves. As the cast laughed at Collins’ comment, Behar interjected, “why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope around her neck?” One step too far over the line, Behar and have you seen any nurses lately?
The hashtags #nursesmatter, #nursesunited, #mytalentisnursing, #notjustanurse, and #nursesrock have been trending and seen under pictures and videos of nurses with their uniforms on, including their stethoscopes have become a trending craze since the incident. My favorite response? Nurse Erin Pierce tweeted, “If I had a dollar for every time a doctor borrowed MY stethoscope,” proving a major point that Behar’s comments were not only inaccurate, but ignorant and disrespectful to the work that nurses do. Another user called The View a television program with one eye closed shut. Ouch.
Social media is a powerful force and with over 3 million nurses united and taking over the web, it won’t be long before they get the public apology they deserve. Count on it.