Thursday, September 17, 2015

Nurses Fire Back at Ignorant TV Hosts

When ANY of the general public has the mistaken impression that nurses don costumes and borrow the doctor's stethoscope for some unknown reason, it tells us that we have a huge problem in health care in this country. People tend to believe everything they see and hear on television and the ladies of ABC's The View have tried to set back nursing 100 years as they showed they know nothing about the nursing profession!

The good news is that nurses have UNITED and all over Facebook and Twitter and other social media they are stopping the collateral damage the way nurses do everyday.

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When Kelley Johnson, Miss Colorado stepped on the Miss America stage in her scrubs and (her own) stethoscope she set the Miss America pageantry on its heels and brought it in to the 21st century!  She showed that a beautiful woman inside and out could make a difference by demonstrating the talent she is most proud of is making a difference in her patient's lives. She was true to herself. Johnson said Wednesday on The Ellen Show, "I am a nurse and that's my talent – taking care of people, caring about other people, and so I wanted to give the nurses that don't have that voice that voice and that recognition of just somebody going up there and being a little bit different and unique." It suddenly was about REAL WOMEN competing for scholarship money to pay off student loans and/or continue their educations to make a real difference in the world. Kelley came away as second runner-up with a great scholarship to continue her education and she put the nursing profession on the map!

The ensuing controversy over the inflammatory remarks on The View has elevated the nursing profession as we join together to blast The View and it's obviously IGNORANT hosts for their belittling statements. We also band together to educate the public about the nursing profession. I've learned more about what other nurses do and where they practice in the past couple of days than I have in all my 35+ years in nursing. It's exciting and educational and uplifting! Let us keep this up.

One of the downsides to nursing is caregiver fatigue that way too often leads to valuable nurses leaving the profession. Perhaps if they found another way to share their passion and skills they could turn this issue around and continue to make a difference in someone's life everyday. The silver lining here is that nurses have so very many opportunities to practice, but who knew about some of these?!  We need to share our experiences with each other so that we can learn more and perhaps find a niche that renews that passion some have lost along the way.

Let's continue to be strong and make our voices heard. Nurses are the backbone of the health care system. We need to educate the public about who we are and what we do so that we can help our health care system WORK. When people don't understand health care and how to access it and how to get answers and help, it fails for all of us. We've seen the costs of health care escalate out of control and we fear litigation in everything we do. When people don't understand they listen to the ignorant voices and that's why we see lawsuits over issues hang nails!

Let's turn such an ugly controversy into a positive thing.

#nursesshareyourstethoscope, #nursesunite, #thisisnotacostume, #showmeyourstethoscope

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