On Sunday night, Miss America contestant and reigning Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson went against the norm and performed an original monologue about her career in nursing. She told a story about an Alzheimer’s patient, Joe, who reminded her of why she chose to become a nurse. She told him she was “just a nurse” and had no control over his medications but he changed her outlook when he said she was more than just a nurse, she was his nurse and had completely changed his life because of her kindness and care during his treatment.
Cue the ladies of “The View.” On Monday, Michelle Collins mocked Miss Colorado saying, “she came in in a nurse’s uniform and basically read her emails out loud. And shockingly, she did not win.”
As if that wasn’t enough, Joy Behar added “why does she have the doctor’s stethoscope around her neck?”
Nurse Hilary Helkenn took to Facebook on Monday to respond. She is an ER nurse with more than 20 years experience in Sacramento, CA and she wears her own stethoscope every day.
See my stethoscope? It is a NURSE stethoscope too. I use it to listen to a child’s lungs, so I can quickly get them to the appropriate level of care, reassuring both child and parent. I also use it to listen to our elderly loved ones, who sometimes have aging hearts that go into abnormal rhythms. It is the NURSE that usually sees the patient first, and it is often the NURSE that notifies the doctor of what is going on.
From the comments section, we can see that people are outraged by the statements about nursing made on “The View” and they are rallying behind Helkenn. The ladies of “The View” have yet to respond to Helkenn’s post.