Supporting the Scrubs: The #NursesUnite Movement

Joy Behar, a co-host on ABC’s The View, as well as the entire show itself, is in some hot water after making some pretty arrogant remarks recently about Miss Colorado and her nursing profession last week.

Pretty much here’s what went down to recap it:

The panel on the show were discussing the Miss America pageant two weeks ago. The talent portion of the show featured Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson, performing a monologue discussing working as a nurse who specializes in helping patients with Alzheimer’s.

One co-host, Michelle Collins, “The talent, though, I have to say, the woman who won sang opera, and she was incredible. Really good,” Collins said. “But then there was a girl who wrote her own monologue and I was like ‘Turn the volume up, this is going be amazing, let’s listen’. She came out in a nurse’s uniform and basically read her emails out loud and shockingly did not win.”

Joy Behar replied, “Seriously?!” with an extremely confused look on her face. Then, she really crossed the line. “Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on?”


Behar asked before Collins explained to her, “She helps patients with Alzheimer’s, which I know is not funny, but I swear you had to see it.”

Nurses use stethoscopes, too. It’s not just for doctors. And, in fact, it’s just plain condescending to insinuate that nurses aren’t capable of using a basic health tool.

The Backlash

Twitter has been absolutely foaming at the mouth about the lack of grace that was shown during that brief segment on the show. Hashtags such as #RespectNurses, #NursesMatter, and #NursesUnite have been flying around the Twitter-sphere and spinning Facebook into an absolute frenzy. I mean, nurses may not be doctors…but I promise you that the profession is nothing short of heroic, essential, and compassionate. The support has been overwhelming to nurses and the Miss America contestant.

Honestly, nurses aren’t asking for credit where credit isn’t due by any means. However, their job is extremely valuable and they demonstrate extreme bravery. They should be celebrated and not criticized in a television shows monologue. And, this is why this story has been such a huge buzz online.


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The internet’s huge #NursesUnite controversy has made advertisers for the ABC Talk Show pull the plug.

“In response to recent comments made on ‘The View,’ Party City has decided to pause its advertising accordingly,” wrote Party City on Facebook. Additionally, Snuggle removed their ads in support of the nurses as well as McCormick who wrote, “thank you for expressing your concerns. Like you, we also value and admire nurses, so we have paused advertising on the daytime television show in question.” Additionally Johnson & Johnson have also taken their advertising elsewhere in the wake of the scandalous

The View’s View

rs_819x1024-150915164058-rs_819x1024-150820121709-Colorado“After we made comments about the Miss America broadcast and the talent performance by Miss Colorado, we heard from many of you,” Joy Behar said on the show. “You let us know you were offended by some of our comments and believe me, we were listening. We apologize for our remarks and we know how vitally important nurses are.”
But, as for the nurse who was ridiculed, she enjoys the ruckus that this has caused. “For me, it’s all good attention,” Johnson said Wednesday. “Those comments that were made were upsetting to some people, but the way we’ve been able to turn it around and the nursing community has gotten that respect and that recognition, it’s been just fine.”




Author: Travel Nurse Source

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