The View on Nursing

The daytime talk show “The View” recently got itself in some hot water with nurses. Miss Colorado, at the Miss America Pageant, came out in scrubs and with a stethoscope around her neck, and gave a monologue about her career in nursing and caring for patients with Alzheimer’s. The talking heads on The View shared a snicker at her “Nurse’s uniform” and “Doctor’s stethoscope”.

Nurses receive disrespect and abuse every day –  frequently from patients and their families. On most days, there are at least a couple verbally abusive patients on the floor. Sometimes they are confused or demented, sometimes they are just assholes. Either way, it gets really old. So now, The View is catching a lot of backlash. Nurses put up with a lot of insults and abuse at work. We don’t need to put up with it from The View.

What most amazes me about this is that anyone noticed. I figured people who watch The View lack the intelligence to work something as complicated as a computer. The whole point of the show is for them to make catty, ill-informed comments about whatever shallow event catches their interest, and this seems like par for the course. I care about their opinion on nursing as much as I care what the monkeys at the zoo think of the Iran Deal.

Now, the show has apparently lost quite a few advertisers. The View made a rather insincere apology, complete with a “Can’t you take a joke?” barb. I rather doubt it placated many nurses! Moral of the story is, be polite to nurses. We put up with a lot, but once you cross the line, you aren’t going to have a nice time of things.

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