ABC Disputes Nicole Arbour’s Claims That She Overheard The View Co-Host …

19 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Mocking nurses exposes the shrews of ‘The View’.

Three more companies pulled ads from ABC’s “The View” as the show tried to bandage a bleeding wound caused by backlash for mocking nurses — by trotting out more than 50 health care professionals on the Friday broadcast. A day after two major advertisers suspended their ads, the daytime talk show welcomed nurses to talk about their lifesaving work — a naked bid to tamp down the PR nightmare that began after two panelists made fun of a Miss America contestant who wore scrubs and a stethoscope during the Sunday night pageant. Miss Colorado (Kelley Johnson), dressed in scrubs and wearing a stethoscope around her neck, gave a heartfelt monologue about her work as a registered nurse. At the end of the segment on “The View” producers even trotted out 52 nurses on stage, some fresh off a 12-hour shift at NYU Medical Center, according to a spokesman for the nursing school.

Michelle Collins, a “comedian” who recently joined the show after establishing herself as a Tinseltown “gossip queen,” savaged Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson. Behar was incredulous, asking why the nurse was “wearing a doctor’s stethoscope.” Behar apologized the next day, but not before the #NursesUnite hashtag had caught fire on Twitter and the American Nurses Association had issued a sharp rebuke; advertisers Johnson & Johnson and Eggland’s Best have also pulled advertising from The View. As the other anchors giggled out loud at Johnson’s video clip, Collins mocked the Rocky Mountain beauty not for her looks or her politics, but for a lovely, earnest monologue she performed during the pageant’s talent competition. When he requested changes in medications and treatments, Johnson explained to him that she couldn’t because she was “just a nurse.” What she could do was provide kindness and comfort.

The problem with Behar’s quip, though, isn’t that it’s dumb (although it is!), but that it’s revealing of a persistent misapprehension of how health care actually works. You are still Joe.” Joe responded gratefully: “Nurse Kelley . . . you are not ‘just a nurse.’ You are my nurse, and you have changed my life because you’ve cared about me.” With her voice cracking, Johnson shared her takeaway: “Patients are people with families and friends.

In the story she told she kept describing herself as “just a nurse”—as in, she couldn’t order different medications for the patient because she isn’t a physician. But the examples Kelley Johnson gave in her monologue highlight a true difference between doctors and nurses: Doctors prescribe and diagnose, and we don’t.

That means that in many people’s minds, nurses’ work is somehow always subsumed into doctors’ work, to the point that the tools we use—such stethoscopes—end up being perceived as property of doctors. And she prompted viewers like me to reflect on our gratitude for the countless nurses in our lives who’ve benefited from their talent, dedication and compassion. From the nurses in my neonatologist dad’s NICU unit, to the many nurses in my own extended family, to the many pediatric nurses who’ve cared for my daughter this summer, I can’t count my blessings enough. But Collins, channeling the Plastics clique in “Mean Girls,” cackled condescendingly at Johnson’s unique tribute to her profession: “There was a girl who wrote her own monologue, and I was like, turn the volume up, this is going be amazing, let’s listen.

Doctors usually aren’t the ones sounding the alarm when a patient starts going downhill fast—that’s what nurses do, because we’re there on the ward and it’s part of our job. Co-host Joy Behar, donning her smart glasses, chimed in with a derogatory jab at Kelley’s uniform: “Why is she wearing a doctor’s stethoscope?” Collins dug in further: “She helps patients with Alzheimer’s, which I know is not funny,” she smirked, “but I swear, you had to see it . . .

I swear to God it was hilarious.” Question: Would these sniveling snobs have attacked Johnson with such callous glee if she had been wearing a Planned Parenthood uniform and holding a manual vacuum aspirator? After a nationwide backlash that sent the Twitter hashtag “‥nursesunite” trending in support of Johnson, “The View” harridans responded with a faux-pology that exposes why the show’s ratings have plummeted. (Viewership is down nearly 50 percent among the core female 25-54 demographic this season, and ad revenue has dropped nearly 30 percent over the past year, according to The Hollywood Reporter.) Collins, who had initially sneered on Twitter that nurses should “prescribe yourselves a Valium and let’s just all relax,” claimed her comments had been “misconstrued.” After insulting viewers’ comprehension skills, she disingenuously told the TV audience: “We love nurses. I have sat in a patient’s room, dressed head to toe in latex, slowly injecting a very toxic chemotherapy drug into a patient’s IV line that goes straight into a major vein. I was a new nurse the day I was double-checking a chemotherapy order and realized that the ordering physician had written it based not on the intravenous dosing of the drug, but the intrathecal dosing—the lower dosing that goes into the brain.

Before I could explain that I was new and might have misunderstood, he snatched the order away from me and said, “I’ll fix it.” This is all in a day’s work, and in general nurses are not looking for undue recognition—they just want credit where credit is due. There’s a kind of humility built into the nursing profession, but our essentialness is quite real, and needs to be recognized if we really want our health care system to be the best it can be, Scott Walker’s views of nurses notwithstanding. Discussions about nurses’ work environment, nurse staffing, the ubiquity of bullying (doctors against nurses, nurses against each other) in hospitals—they’re all seen as peripheral to real discussions of what plagues health care. One day, I would love to see an inversion of Kelley Johnson’s story: A patient asks a physician a question, and the doctor responds, “Oh, I’m just a doctor.

Here you can write a commentary on the recording "ABC Disputes Nicole Arbour’s Claims That She Overheard The View Co-Host …".

* Required fields
All the reviews are moderated.
Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts

About this site