Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson Defends “Just a Nurse” Monologue After Joy Behar …

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#NursesUnite In Social Media Firestorm After 2 Hosts Of ‘The View’ Poke Fun At Miss Colorado.

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Thousands of nurses have united on social media after controversial comments were made about Miss Colorado, a registered nurse, by two co-hosts on “The View.” As part of the talent portion of the Miss America pageant, Kelley Johnson performed a monologue about her care of a patient with Alzheimer’s disease, a speech some say fell on deaf ears.The View found itself in hot water after Joy Behar made controversial comments about nurses on-air earlier this week, and the American Nurses Association has spoken up – and the comedian has apologized. “Each and every day, the nation’s 3.4 million registered nurses provide expert, high-quality and compassionate care, as well as dedicated leadership from the bedside to the boardroom,” reads a Wednesday statement from ANA President Pamela F. Fellow nurse Lizabeth Baker-Wade says the issue goes beyond stethoscopes and explains that she’s been fighting stereotypes within her profession throughout her career, which has spanned 25 years. “We take care of the sick. The 72-year-old co-host later apologized on Wednesday’s show and regarded her remark as “stupid and inattentive” for not realizing Johnson was wearing nursing scrubs. “I didn’t know she was a nurse.

Nikki Ferrell, former Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis’ ex-girlfriend, took to social media to express her own disapproval of the comments made by The View co-host. “If @TheView issues an apology tomorrow can you let me know? I have to work, & it airs around the time I’m usually using my stethoscope,” the reality star, who works as a nurse, tweeted Tuesday, before Behar addressed the controversy Wednesday.

But it was her monologue two co-hosts of The View didn’t necessarily understand. “She came out in a nurse’s uniform and basically read her emails out loud, and shockingly did not win,” comedian and co-host Michelle Collins said on the program. Representing the 60,000 registered nurses in Colorado, Buxton says the organization would like to thank Johnson for shining a light on nursing and use the controversy as a learning experience to highlight the work that nurses do — help patients — mind, body and soul. “It was a proud moment for all of us because nursing is kind of a secret profession, in that most people, meaning the general public, don’t know what nurses do,” Buxton said.

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