I’m always about two steps behind when it comes to social media, so I’m just now seeing all the hubbub. Honestly, I can’t recall ever recall watching five minutes of The View. I have nothing against the show; it’s just that I’m at work when it airs. Anyway, I did not hear the comments made concerning Kelley Johnson’s monologue during the Miss America Pageant. I watched the Pageant, and I enjoy hearing Miss Colorado speak. A friend mentioned me in a post, so I wanted to see what this was all about. I Googled The View. I listened to the comments, and at first, I was angry.
Here’s the thing. It was a dumb comment made out of ignorance. I’ve read responses from other nurses who think the show should be cancelled, or at least that Ms. Behar should be fired. It does seem absurd that someone should refer a stethoscope as a doctor’s tool. But I’ve heard the same sort of thing from within our own ranks. I once attended a presentation in which the speaker (a nurse) stated she didn’t understand why nurses wore stethoscopes around their necks; like a badge of honor. She went on to say that if she wore anything around her neck, it would be a set of nail clippers on a chain. Thankfully, that was a long time ago. My point here is that instead of condemning, we must educate. I’m for certain an optimist, but a part of me sees this as an opportunity. At minimum, a wakeup call.
Last month marked 35 years since I graduated from a Practical Nursing program. I currently hold three additional academic degrees in Nursing. I have working in many various health care settings, from an outpatient clinic that provided services to AIDS patients in rural Georgia, to the largest trauma center in the Southeast; from ICUs to Primary Care. I’ve even done a little Peds, although, God love you people that can do that for a long time.
When I completed graduate school, I had a few nurses correct me for signing as Ken Murphy, RN, MSN. It is considered appropriate to list your degree first, so everyone knows immediately you are a graduate-prepared nurse. To each and every one of them, I said the same thing: No matter how many academic degrees I hold, or how many different jobs I put under my belt, I will always be a nurse first.
So, I’m not wasting another second bashing The View, or comments made by Ms. Behar. Instead, I think we should all thank Kelley Johnson for showing the world that the ability to care for those who depend on us is more than simply a career choice; it is a talent, a gift. Not everyone can sing. Not everyone can dance. And not everyone can be a nurse. For those of you who go out there every day and share your talent by helping others, I THANK YOU.