by Chuck Stanley
My older son wrote to tell me he broke the internet today.
No, I’m not kidding.
The View, an ABC daytime talk show, is taking serious heat over comments their hosts made last Monday. Our readers may recall the Miss America pageant, during which Miss Colorado eschewed her piano playing talents for something quite different.
For the talent portion of the competition, Kelley Johnson, RN, strode onto center stage at the pageant, wearing her work scrubs and a stethoscope draped around her neck. Her presentation was to give a monologue about what it was to be a nurse, and to care for patients with dementia.
Nursing, not playing the piano, is her real talent.
Joy Behar and Michelle Collins, on The View, made fun of Ms. Johnson for wearing a “nurse costume” and a “doctor’s stethoscope.”
Bad move, Joy and Michelle.
I just got an email from my son, who wrote:
“Seriously, I don’t know if y’all have been following any of the shitstorm that the hosts of The View stirred up when they made fun of one of the Miss America contestants (who was an RN) about her ‘nurse costume’ and her ‘doctor stethoscope,’ but there are now roughly 3 million seriously pissed off RN’s out there.
Social media exploded, and a bunch of corporations cancelled their sponsorship of the show, including Johnson&Johnson, McNeil, Eggland, and a bunch of others. The network and The View are doing serious grovelling.
Well, I posted a little something on Facebook supporting nurses, and about an hour later, my son texted me: “Dad. you have gone viral.”
My post has been shared over 21.000 times, as of about an hour ago.
Someone told me that my post has been printed off and put up in nurses break rooms all over the country.
I’m getting emails from RNs asking if our hospital is hiring.
A nurse from New York said that I am now, “Nurse’s most loved doctor in America.”
This is crazy.
This is what he posted to Facebook:
“As an ER physician, and the Medical Director of an Emergency Department, I just wanted to give a shout out and show some support for the nursing profession, and the men and women whose immense TALENT is providing care to millions of sick and injured patients all over the world.
At any given time, I may be caring for 9 or 10 different patients in our ED, or maybe more, and without my caring, considerate, skilled, and highly professional nursing staff, I simply could not do my job.
Part of my duties also consist of teaching medical students, and one of the things that I try to impart to them is that nurses are not your minions, they are your colleagues. When they become residents, and later, full-fledged physicians, they will be surrounded by nurses who have many, many more years of experience than they do. I advise them that if they have good sense, they will allow those nurses to help them learn and grow as good doctors. We cannot be everywhere at once. Inherently, we spend FAR less time with each patient than our nursing staff does.
A smart doctor listens to his nurses, and utilizes them as extensions of his own diagnostic ability. A poor physician thinks he knows everything.
FYI: my grandmother was an RN, my mother was an RN, and I am very blessed to be married to a beautiful, sweet, TALENTED RN.
The many stethoscopes you see hanging off of me in this picture belong to my nursing staff, except for one.
Perhaps the ladies from The View would be able to tell me which of them is my ‘doctor’s stethoscope’, but they all look the pretty much the same to me.
Well, you know, except for the purple one…”