The Ladies of 'The View' Insult Nurses Everywhere During Ignorant Miss America Critique (VIDEO)

The flag of ignorance was waving at top mast on The View following the Miss America pageant. Cohost Michelle Collins openly mocked Miss Colorado's monologue about nursing, and Joy Behar questioned why a nurse would wear a stethoscope around her neck.

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After praising another contestant who sang opera, Collins brought up Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson. "She came out in a nurse's uniform and basically read her emails out loud and shockingly did not win." That's when Behar asked, "Why does she have a doctor's stethoscope on?"

EXCUSE ME, said outraged nurses everywhere. A doctor's stethoscope?!?

As anyone who has received medical care of any kind, ever, should know, nurses use stereoscopes all the time, often to save people's lives. In fact, they probably use those things even more than doctors do. I'm sure nurses have used stethoscopes to listen to Behar's heart or check her blood pressure multiple times throughout her life. Does she have an out-of-body experience every time this happens, or is she suffering from amnesia?

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That appalling bit of ignorance aside, Collins's snotty dismissal of Johnson's monologue was obnoxious and mean. First of all, I don't even know why she thought Johnson was reading emails out loud. She told a story about a profound lesson she learned from one of her patients. (Johnson works with Alzheimer's patients.)

What was that lesson? You're never "just" a nurse.

Way to miss the whole point of Johnson's speech, ladies! 

I don't know why anyone would go out of their way to insult the profession of nursing, but somehow the ladies of The View did just that. Was Collins even listening? Or was she thrown off by Johnson's humble, baggy scrubs? Was it the lack of sparkles that threw her off? Does she need something shiny to pay attention?

Being a nurse takes an incredible amount of talent -- an aptitude for science and a gift for compassion, both in the same person. It takes skill, dedication, practice, resilience, and intelligence, just like learning to sing opera. Nurses save lives. But they also improve lives. 

Guess who did all the work during the delivery of my son (besides me, of course). The amazing, patient, wise, knowledgeable, and, yes, very talented labor nurse did. Almost all of us have benefited from the care of nurses. 

I hope the girls watching the Miss America pageant were inspired by Johnson. And I'm relieved most school-aged kids are at school when The View gets broadcast. What a sad spectacle. I know the nurses who saw it weren't impressed. Check out #nursesunite on Twitter to see their responses.

Anyway, here's the disappointing, jaw-dropping segment.

And here's Kelley Johnson's inspiring speech. 

 

 

Image via Miss America 2016/YouTube

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