Whether or not you care much about the Miss America pageant in 2015, you’ll definitely want to hear from one of this year’s contestants — Miss Colorado, Nurse Kelley Johnson — who proved in this year’s competition that she is so much more than just a pretty face.
Johnson, who was eventually named second runner-up behind first runner-up Hannah Roberts and Miss America winner Betty Cantrell, has been in the news since the September 9th Atlantic City preliminary round talent competition where she surprised the crowd by coming out in purple scrubs, stethoscope around her neck, and delivering a moving monologue about her work as a nurse.
“Every nurse has a patient who reminds them of why they became a nurse in the first place. Mine was Joe,” Johnson began.
She goes on to detail the story of Joe’s battle against Alzheimer’s and, in particular, his terrible time with night terrors. Johnson would hold Joe’s hand and help to calm him. The two connected deeply and Johnson says she and Joe shared many laughs as well as difficult moments. On one especially hard night, Johnson found Joe in tears and comforted him, telling him he was not “defined by this disease” — that he was “not just Alzheimer’s,” that he was still Joe.
Johnson says Joe then quickly returned the focus to her.
“‘Although you say it all the time, you are not just a nurse,’” Johnson remembered Joe telling her. “‘You are my nurse, and you have changed my life because you have cared about me.’”
“That’s when it hit me,” said Johnson. “Patients are people with family and friends, and I don’t want to be a nurse that ever pretends, because you’re not a room number and a diagnosis when you’re in the hospital — you’re a person, very first. Joe reminded me that day that I’m a lifesaver. I’m never going to be just a nurse.”
Cheers to Miss Colorado, Nurse Kelley Johnson, for showcasing her talent as a nurse and also for shedding light on what an amazing job all nurses do throughout the world on a daily basis. Even the ensuing controversy that has nurses criticizing ‘The View’ for Miss America mockery that many felt belittled the nursing profession cannot dull the shine of this inventive, genuine performance.
For those who missed it, here’s Miss Colorado, Nurse Kelley Johnson, delivering her touching speech on the night of the 2015 Miss America competition’s final round.
Wow! How awesome is it to see nursing represented like this on a national stage?!
Because of Johnson’s monologue, many more people will be made aware of the importance of nurses everywhere. What do you think about Miss Colorado, Nurse Kelley Johnson’s speech?