Leave it to an awesome nurse to make the biggest splash in the pageant, even as second runner-up for the Miss America crown.
Miss Colorado, Nurse Kelley Johnson, has been in the news lately for her touching and inspirational monologue about her talent in nursing as well as the controversy that developed when her speech was mocked on “The View.”
Aside from all of that and the #nursesunited movement, which was sparked by the comments made on “The View” by Michelle Collins and Joy Behar, Johnson also got some attention for an answer she gave during the pageant’s Q&A.
When asked to name a woman she thinks should be put on the $10 bill, Johnson named Ellen Degeneres.
And what happened next? Well, of course she was invited to be on Ellen’s show!
Johnson told Ellen, “I am a nurse and that’s my talent — taking care of people, caring about other people — and so I wanted to give the nurses that don’t have that voice that voice and that recognition of just somebody going up there and being a little bit different and unique. I talked about a patient that I took care of that has Alzheimer’s and I know that that hits home for a lot of people and it’s not something that’s really easy for people to talk about,” continued Johnson, who was the second runner-up in this year’s Miss America competition. “And I just thought, you know, I want to go up there and I want to be authentic and I want to be Kelley, and if I’m ever going to win Miss America or win Miss Colorado I want to do it being myself, and I’m a nurse.”
While on Ellen, Johnson didn’t get into the whole controversy but did say that she was proud to “have everyone be standing up for our profession and giving them the voice that they deserve. They work so hard and they are lifesavers and that’s all the message I wanted to give. It’s about them, it’s not about me.”
Here’s the clip in full, which also shows the original Q&A moment:
In other news, Johnson was also on the “Dr. Oz Show” where she said the controversy surrounding her monologue was a “blessing in disguise” because it began a national conversation which informed people on the worthiness of nurses and their profession.
Meanwhile, “The View” continued damage control with apologies and hosting nurses on its stage, but also lost several major sponsors as a result of the gaffe, including Johnson & Johnson, Snuggle, Eggland’s Best, Park City, and McCormick Spice.
What did you think about Johnson’s monologue?
And what woman would you put on the $10 bill?
Shout it out in the comments!