I don’t watch the news or listen to talk shows. The first because all the news talks about is violence and it feeds into my fears already of not wanting to pump gas at night. The second is because I honestly don’t have time to watch either. However, I caught this in my news feed the other day and it provoked rage. Like that kind of hot/heat rage that creeps up your back and makes your ears burn. When I heard Joy Behar and the “ladies” of the View blatantly bashing women first off. Y’all how I feel about this subject. Then when they had the audacity to say “why is that nurse wearing that DOCTORS stethoscope around HER neck“.
Take a deep breath.
Try not to reach through the monitor and shake somebody.
Background first. The Miss America pageant was on Monday night and Kelley Johnson, Miss Colorado’s talent portion was a monologue. Listen homegirl. I am right there with you. I can’t sing, I can maybe dance after a few libations……and unless someone is going to roll a sheet of ice out for me to skate on…..my talents are slim to none. Her talent was an original monologue where she talked about how one of her first patients who meant the most to her and influenced her career path, was a man with Alzheimer’s disease.
Watching my Grandmother go through that in her finally years and seeing not only the NURSES but patient care techs, respiratory therapists, heck even the people who changed her linens. Those angels cared for my grandmother like she was one of their own. Brushed her hair, gave her kisses on top of her head and told her she was doing a great job. Damn I’m getting all teared up even writing this. I thanked every single one of them for the selfless care they gave to my Grandmother at her most vulnerable time.
To see these women of “the View” bash Kelley Johnson, Miss. Colorado for this and the audacity of one of them to say “and why is she wearing the doctors stethoscope” is the most ignorant comment I have heard in a long time. I am a Nurse Practitioner. I see my own patients, come up with a differential list, execute a plan of care and can write prescriptions. I am part of a collaborative team that involves Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Medical Assistants, and Echo sonographers. From the front desk person in my office to the IT person, you know what? We all take care of the patients.
Clearly, these ladies of the View are blind to what is happening in America when it comes to healthcare. There are not enough providers to handle the ever growing demand. I can tell you first hand, I teach Nurses and Nurse Practitioners at the local college and they are the most dedicated and hard working individuals. I mean what does these ladies at the View think we do? Hold the hands of the Doctor? Why would we need a stethoscope to actually LISTEN and ASSESS our patients?
Nurses are the primary care providers of patients. When you are in the hospital, who is the person titrating your medications, assessing your vitals, documenting and charting and knows the ins and outs of you? Your nurse. I am not a doctor basher so I am not getting into the who does and who doesn’t of the work force. I am just so taken aback and pretty much pissed off that something so uneducated and ignorant could come out of the mouth of women who are allowed to have influence over people.
I work in Cardiology so stethoscopes are my second set of ears but the next time you go to your provider see what is actually done with that stethoscope. Also, please never assume that the person with a stethoscope is a doctor. There are so many healthcare providers that are all specially trained to collaboratively take care of you as a complete individual. I would love to be a fly on the wall when one of those ladies actually has to receive health care. I want them to see what THAT NURSE can do WITH HER OWN STETHOSCOPE. I have never watched that show and now I will never watch it. I encourage you to do the same.
Thanks for listening.
Go give a nurse or a teacher a hug today. Maybe send her a coffee. She’ll listen to your breath sounds and your ailments and make you feel better I promise. That is what us healthcare peeps do. xoxoxo
*editors note. I am writing this in a slight blind rage. Please excuse any grammatical errors or blatant omission of proper comma punctuations…..