If you’ve been anywhere on social media in the last week, you’ve probably seen the outcry over “The View” hosts’ take on nursing.
Last Monday, hosts Joy Behar and Michelle Collins made controversial comments about Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson’s Miss America talent monologue in which she wore her nurse’s uniform and talked about her work with an Alzheimer’s patient.
“She came in a nurse’s uniform, and basically read her emails out loud,” Collins said.
“Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on?” Behar asked.
Not surprisingly, reaction from the healthcare community was swift. Using the hashtag “nursesunite,” thousands of nurses, doctors, EMTs and other medical professionals posted photos of themselves with stethoscopes and called for a boycott of “The View.”
Among the most popular was a photo by Arin Piramzadian, DO, an emergency medicine physician in Jacksonville, N.C. Piramzadian posted a photo of himself wearing half a dozen stethoscopes with the message: “I would like to thank ‘The View’ for reminding me to confiscate all the doctor stethoscopes since my nurses only use it as fashion accessories. Let’s just hope none of the 200 patients in the ED today need vitals taken, have to be triaged, need to be reevaluated or have unimportant organs like lungs, heart or bowels that need to be evaluated. Let’s just hope the nurses don’t want their nurse costumes back from me.”
His photo got more than 330,000 shares in 24 hours.
We here at NEMT work with and support nurses every day in hospitals and clinics around the country. If medical transcriptionists are the behind-the-scenes team of healthcare, nurses are the front line. And every one of us has a personal story of a nurse who provided cure and comfort when we needed it the most.
We are grateful for their dedication and impressed by their strong voices and unity in speaking out about their skills and commitment.
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