My sister sent my friends and I a video on facebook recently, and she said, “Look, it’s my sister!”
Of course I’m not Miss Colorado, but her voice, her monologue… that could have been me. She’s a nurse, in a pony tail and sneakers (my signature look 24/7) and she shared about one defining moment in her career that reminded her of why she became a nurse.
Watching this video made me beam with pride and joy. Because sometimes, when I come home after getting yelled at by patients, when my feet hurt from hard hospital floors all day, when my scrubs, shoes, glasses, face are soiled with all kinds of body fluids, when my heart is heavy because I did everything I could but my patient is still dying or their family is dying, when my mind is burdened by a diagnosis I just can’t figure out, when I’m at a loss for words about how to cope with all the heavy cases I embraced today and how do I bounce back and face the challenges again tomorrow…then to watch one of my fellow nurse colleagues on stage, in front of America, deliver a speech like that- it reminds me…
yes, this, indeed, is why I’m a nurse. (If I didn’t love my job, I wouldn’t have dedicated a whole blog to it…)
To my dismay, I later read online about how “The View,” an ABC talk show, mocked Miss Colorado and by doing so, mocked all nurses (and other allied health professionals) by saying “why is she wearing a doctor’s stethoscope?” and “after she read her monologue…I mean.. that’s not talent.”
My jaw dropped. I was appalled.
They completely disregarded her message and instead bashed her on her uniform, her stethoscope, and it not being a “talent.” If they actually listened, they would’ve heard her say she is NOT JUST A NURSE. She’s a LIFESAVER.
There are other nurses who’ve responded more eloquently than I, but I’ll just add that the “apology” that the talk show hosts issued on The View and their twitter accounts wasn’t an apology at all. There wasn’t an ounce of sincerity in their statements ~ a real apology would demonstrate humility and regret for their ignorance, acknowledgement of the damaging and destructive consequences of their words AND attitudes towards nurses and the nursing profession, and finally, exhibit an authentic understanding of the real work that us nurses do, EVERY SINGLE DAY.
I don’t usually rant on my blog, but just wanted to share about how proud I am to be a nurse…
and that I will never watch ABC’s “The View” again.