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.