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Jon Stewart: Make amends for ridiculing nursing on The Daily Show


Jon Stewart's repeated insistence that two former U.S military medics who appeared on the show are vastly overqualified to be school nurses, and Stewart's mockery of school nursing in general, reinforced the public undervaluation that undermines nurses' claims to adequate resources for their work. This dearth of resources is a key factor in the global nursing shortage that takes millions of lives every year.

Letter to
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Comedy Central
Jon Stewart
Dear Mr. Stewart:

Please make amends for the damage caused to nursing by the October 24 segment of your show about re-integrating veterans into the civilian workforce. Sadly, your repeated insistence that the two former U.S military medics you had on the show are vastly overqualified to be school nurses, and your mockery of school nursing in general, reinforced the public undervaluation that undermines nurses' claims to adequate resources for their work. This dearth of resources is a key factor in the global nursing shortage that takes millions of lives every year.

As you noted in describing one position, school nursing requires a bachelor of science in nursing. Today's overburdened school nurses need years of university science training because they manage the health of hundreds of students who attend with serious conditions including asthma, diabetes, and allergies. Students have died because no registered nurse was available. And school nurses play a key public health role, educating students about critical health issues like pregnancy and STDs, as well as monitoring the student population for disease outbreaks.

Of course, all students should have a chance to show they merit advanced placement in educational programs. But nursing requirements cannot be simply waved away for people with a few weeks of health training and some field experience, no matter how heroic.

More than 2.5 million people saw you repeatedly express contempt for school nurses and nursing in general. That's not good. Please make amends by doing a segment about the problems school nurses face caring for the kids of a nation whose media elite sees their work as trivial. Thank you.