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Nurses Criticize ‘The View’ for Miss America Mockery

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“OH MY GOSH!!! 2ND RUNNER-UP AT MISS AMERICA!!! This is amazing!!! I WAS COMPLETELY MYSELF — NURSES ALL OVER THE NATION, WE HAVE WON!!!” Johnson wrote on her Facebook page after taking third place.

“OH MY GOSH!!! 2ND RUNNER-UP AT MISS AMERICA!!! This is amazing!!! I WAS COMPLETELY MYSELF — NURSES ALL OVER THE NATION, WE HAVE WON!!!” Johnson wrote on her Facebook page after taking third place.

Nurses nationwide are taking aim at “The View” after its hosts mocked Miss Colorado, Nurse Kelley Johnson, and her contribution to the 2015 Miss America pageant talent competition.

Sticking out in scrubs and a stethoscope among a plethora of evening gowns, Johnson’s talent was as unique as her outfit. While other contestants sang and danced in glitter and sequins, Johnson, an RN, delivered a poignant monologue about her career as a nurse and one special patient named Joe who helped her see just how important her talent as a nurse truly is. (Click here to learn more about Johnson and to watch her monologue.)

Nurses nationwide were elated by and proud of Johnson’s distinctive performance. Unfortunately, that sentiment quickly turned to anger when “The View” co-hosts Michelle Collins and Joy Behar were seen as mocking Johnson’s speech and demeaning nurses nationwide. Collins gave a pretty serious eye-roll at Johnson’s monologue displaying any talent and Behar asked, “Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on?”

Here’s the clip:

Understandably, nurses were upset at the mention of a “doctor’s stethoscope” as it showed a lack of knowledge about what nurses do. Many also took issue with the hosts’ overall dismissal of nursing as a talent.

Many nurses took to social media to share their displeasure with these comments from “The View” panel of hosts — some demanding an apology and others swearing to never again watch the already arguably struggling television show.

Here is one nurse’s post:

Today on The View, Joy Behar and crew mocked Miss Colorado Kelly Johnson for appearing on stage in her nurses uniform….

Posted by Hilary Helkenn on Monday, September 14, 2015

There has been a lot of commentary and many opinions shared since Miss Colorado, Nurse Kelley Johnson’s unique talent competition contribution. So, what do you think? Are you proud of Miss Colorado? Annoyed with the ladies of “The View”? Feeling like the whole thing is overblown? We’d love to hear your take in the comments!

Update, September 16, 2015: Co-hosts from “The View” have responded to the backlash from nurses and the #nursesunited campaign. Here’s what they had to say. What do you think of their apology?

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3 Comments on "Nurses Criticize ‘The View’ for Miss America Mockery"

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  1. Lesia McKenzie, RN and proud! says:

    Those ‘ladies’ of The View really need to educate themselves on what it takes to not only get through nursing school, but to put that uniform on every single day and face the barrage of infuriatedly perfect physicians, family members in denial, and patients we aren’t supposed to get attached to every single day all the while trying to remain within the constraints of Federal and State guidelines , CMS requirements, and demands of private insurance companies just to perform a job they basically compare to scrubbing toilets. These ladies do not have the strength of character required to be a nurse much less the intelligence to complete the classes required to be eligible to take the state board exams. Nurses are the ones missing lunch and working late to make sure your loved ones get the care needed to keep them alive. We miss holidays, birthdays, weddings, and funerals because the sick don’t stop being sick just because it’s not convenient. You should be ashamed of yourselves. But, the next time you get sick and have to see a doctor, it will be the nurses that comes to your aid first…because that’s what real nurses do. We don’t just get our kicks off of borrowing a doctors stethoscope. We have our own you idiots.

  2. Sarah Wengert says:

    FYI, I just updated the post to include new info, that co-hosts from “The View” responded today on the show. You can watch the clip above.

  3. Cassie Sparks says:

    I watched both the original show and the “apology” and am still ashamed of what was said in both. The part that got me in the “apology” was where one said “We’re at their mercy and have too”. So obviously they were NOT wanting to apologize and were only doing so at direction from the producers or other higher ups. Also the one lady who started the whole thing in the first place was just going overboard praising nurses so bad that Whoopi told her “they got it”. It was so obvious that she was scrambling trying show how “supportive” she is of nurses. I was disgusted by them.

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