“When a person decides to become a nurse, they make the most important decision of their lives. They choose to dedicate themselves to the care of others.” – Unknown
On September 14, Joy Behar alongside comedian and co-host Michelle Collins made the decision to take jabs at Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson and her Miss America monologue about being a nurse.
Michelle Collins said of Kelley’s monologue, “…She came in in a nurse’s uniform, and basically read her emails out loud.” The e-mails referenced the story of “Joe,” an Alzheimer’s patient who helped Kelley to realize the importance of her role as his nurse.
Joy followed up with the comment, “Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on?”
Wednesday, Michelle Collins took the opportunity to address the topic and saying that what she had said was taken out of context. She went a step ahead to let every nurse watching, “I, for all of us, want to say we love nurses. We adore you, we respect you. I was not talking about her as a nurse, and we were talking about the talent competition and it got misconstrued.”
However, when it came to Joy Behar’s comments, she said that she wasn’t paying attention during the segment, didn’t know Kelley was a nurse and thought her scrubs were a “costume.”
“I didn’t know what the hell I was talking about,” Joy said.
I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about what Kelley Johnson did because she did something incredible. She did something unexpected. You see, Joy said something a lot of people might have said. Maybe not in the same way, but similar. Joy said, “I didn’t know she was a nurse. I’m used to seeing them in gowns and bathing suits. It is not like I was trying to be funny. It was stupid and inattentive on my part.” We might see a Miss America Contestant’s talent consist of a musical instrument, dance, poetry readings, demonstrations of art etc. However, Kelley Johnson traveled a completely different avenue for her talent to show to the world. A talent that is far more than a talent. It is a blessing and a gift to each and every person they care for.
Along my journey with epilepsy, I attended Charles F. Kettering Memorial Hospital. What a wonderful decision this was. Each and every staff member, especially the nurses went above and beyond their school of training. They give all of their heart, all the compassion that they have. The kindness within them. They give everything they have to heal you or your loved one. It’s a medical facility like I’d never seen in all my life.
I will always remember one specific nurse whom, each time I’d needed to have a VEEG performed, I would always be delighted to see her. To help me with the electrodes that are placed upon my scalp, she would braid my hair.
Does a nurse have to do this for you? No! They are not required to do this. They don’t get paid extra for this. Yet, she offers to do this for me to make it easier. In addition, she took the time to hear about the organization The Epilepsy Network (TEN) and the apparel that is sold around the world for epilepsy awareness. So in support, she purchased a t-shirt and wristband. Does a nurse have to do this? No! It was of the kindness of her heart and of the support of all who are living with this condition.
That was just one amazing story of one of the outstanding nurses at Charles F. Kettering Hospital.
Nurses and other health care professionals shared their view, using the #NursesUnite hashtag on Twitter.
How about you? Has a nurse impacted your life in a positive way? What are your thoughts on The View Hosts statements?
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