‘The View’ Cast Mocks Miss Colorado’s Monologue, Nurses Unite

Photo credit: Morgue file

Photo credit: Morgue file

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.

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6 Responses to ‘The View’ Cast Mocks Miss Colorado’s Monologue, Nurses Unite

  1. Garrett says:

    Where do I begin. First off nurses are your advocates. Second off they are they are the people that inform the doctor when something is abnormal. 99.9% of the time it’s the nurse that saves your ass from the doctor’s incorrect diagnosis/treatment and and harm you cause yourself. Like any profession there are the good and bad. When you find a good nurse, hug him/ her.

  2. Fred Smith says:

    when someone gets up on a stage they open themselves to be critiqued, okay.nursing isn’t the most important or glamorous ob out there but the people that make nursing a career quite often make the difference at a critical time in ones life. only a fool would expect esoteric comment from The View. I couldn’t care less this young women didn’t win a contest. shes already a winner in the eyes of many

  3. Bobbie Robertson says:

    I have been a nurse practitioner for 13 years, and before that I was a RN for 13 years in an emergency room. Nurses work very hard and most of them work very long shifts often without getting to eat or even get a break because they are so busy, busy trying to help save lives, lives of both the young and the old and the newborn, whatever walks through the doors of the ED or comes in by ambulance, the nurse is often times the first person to see and evaluate a patient in the ED, therefore they have to be very skilled in their assessment of the patient, which always involves the use of a stethoscope; is the patient breathing? What do their lungs sound like, and what about their heart? Is it besting too slow, too fast, irregular, or not at all?What is the patient’s blood pressure? Yes we do use a stethoscope to check a blood pressure. We help save a lot of lives and that is such a wonderful feeling. But then there are those lives that cannot be saved, what happens then? Well it is usually a nurse that helps get the deceased pt ready for the family to come in and see them, it may involve removing IV’s, catheters, intubation tubes, etc., putting a pillow under the deceased patient’s head, yep they’re not alive, they do not need a pillow, but that’s what we as nurses do, we care and we want the deceased patient to at least look comfortable for the family, it’s called compassion and caring and taking that extra step to try and give grieving families some comfort. Then when it comes to talking to the family about organ donation, or what funeral home they will use and talking to them about embalming the body, who does that? Nine times out of ten it’s the nurse. So this is just a very little look into what nurses do, and there is oh so much more, but I just wanted to try and enlighten Joy from The View on the reality of what nurses do, because she obviously has no clue, I really hope she gets a chance to read this, so hopefully she will realize just how stupid she is, and I also want her to know that she had messed with the wrong people when it comes to nurses, we are proud of what we do and we will not let you belittle our profession, you owe all nurses an apology, but especially Miss Colorado. And by the way Joy when it comes to talent, what is your talent? Sticking your foot in your mouth? Or running your mouth too much, yep that takes real talent!! Oh and just so you know, that costume you spoke of; it’s a uniform. In closing I just have to say I hope you never need a nurse bc after what you’ve done, you are probably out of luck.

    • Lori says:

      Actually, she won’t be out of luck because nurses are professionals and we will treat because that is our job. Although she might not get the diet coke she asked for because that really is NOT our job. 🙂

  4. MARNE Jorgenson says:

    Maybe the host should be educated on what being a nurse really entails before making such ridiculous remarks! Maybe one day she might need be in need of a nursing assessment -and oops – doctor has borrowed the stethoscope! Get real lady!!!

  5. carmele clark says:

    So disgusted!

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