I was watching with much amusement and satisfaction last week as the hostesses of TV’s The View took a much-deserved bashing for their uninformed and frankly bitchy remarks directed at Kelley Johnson, a nurse and a contestant (Miss Colorado) in the Miss America pageant.
With apparently nothing better to talk about, the
mean girls ladies of The View picked apart Ms. Johnson’s heartfelt and at times tearful monologue on the nursing profession, calling it “hilarious” and implying she was pretending to be a physician by wearing a stethoscope around her neck.
No, she wasn’t. Nurses use stethoscopes, too.
I was thrilled and proud when the nursing profession jumped to support Ms. Johnson with the Twitter campaign #NursesUnite.
One of The View hostesses replied via Twitter, “prescribe yourselves a Valium and let’s just all relax.” Really? Isn’t this a show that regularly rants about “the war on women” and the national epidemic of bullying?
Physician heal thyself. (No disrespect to physicians!)
Then The View ladies were forced to publicly apologize and sought absolution by welcoming a group of nurses onto their set, but it was all just damage control. Were they truly sorry for the remarks, or just sorry for the bad publicity?
Anyway, I was delighted when several sponsors pulled their ads from the show.
Nurses are awesome. The nursing profession is incredibly diverse, with nurses working in every specialty and almost every part of the health care industry. What these men and women share, however, is their love of helping others and their commitment to providing the best care possible to their patients.
Patients who might include your parents or spouse or children or other loved ones.
And they do it without much thought to being paid what they’re worth. Like teaching or law enforcement or firefighting, no one goes into nursing expecting to make a huge salary.
It’s more of a calling than a job, and it’s not for wimps. It’s a challenging profession—academically, physically and emotionally.
So if you know a nurse (and who doesn’t?), reach out to him or her and let them know how much you appreciate what they know and what they do.
And if you’re ever in the hospital, remember what I posted about a few months ago, that your nurse just might save your life.
Great books about nurses!