The View--You should make amends for real
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The View held a series of discussions on nursing the week of Sept 14-18, 2015, starting with a 9/14 attack on Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson, for her monologue on nursing in the Miss America pageant. The View hosts issued a further attack on nurses on 9/16/15 when they fake apologized.
On Friday 9/18/15 hosts Joy Behar and Michelle Collins issued actual apologies, and the show had two nursing professors on air to explain nursing, though they only got about 2 minutes on air and never had a chance to explain what nurses do with their stethoscopes to save lives.
We believe The View should make a more in-depth, sustained effort to provide accurate information about nursing and to rebuild the show's relations with the nursing community. We urge the show to have on air nurses who are expert in nursing's media issues and experienced in explaining nursing to the public, for a more comprehensive discussion. They might also create an ongoing weekly segment of the show on nursing. Each week, they could showcase a different nurse with a life-saving story, a health care innovation, or an exciting specialty, like forensic nursing. This will show the public that nurses don't just provide emotional support, but also do vital, scientific work on the cutting edge--work that is worthy of funding.
The View can be one of the first daytime shows to highlight nursing and bring real respect to the profession, instead of the misunderstanding and ill will that exists now. We hope the show will seize this opportunity to make a positive difference.
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