Television September 18, 2015
'The View' Brings Positive Awareness to Nurses Amid Controversy
Earlier this week, "The View" faced backlash after host Joy Behar made a controversial remark about nurses.
Behar joked about Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson, who wore her nurse uniform on the Miss America pageant, saying, "Why has she got a doctor's stethoscope on?"
After the episode aired, Johnson & Johnson pulled its advertising from "The View" and wrote on Facebook, "Johnson & Johnson values and appreciates nurses and we respect the critical role they play in our healthcare system. We disagree with recent comments on daytime television about the nursing profession, and we have paused our advertising accordingly. We're committed to raising the level of awareness about the skill and knowledge that the profession requires, and we send our thanks today and every day to the millions of nurses who touch the lives of patients and their families. #NursesHeal #NursesUnite."
Earlier this morning, Joy acknowledged her mistake and invited nurses onto the show. Joy told the audience, "After we made comments about the Miss America broadcast and the talent performance by Miss Colorado, we heard from many of you. You let us know you were offended by some of our comments and believe me, we were listening."
"We apologize for our remarks and we know how important nurses are. But we didn't want to leave it at that. So we have invited the dedicated professionals from NYU College of Nursing to share firsthand what these hard-working nurses do on a daily basis," she added.
During the show, assistant professor Larry Slater explained, "Nurses come to the forefront a lot at times of tragedy. But the truth is, there are countless heroic nurses and countless Kelley Johnsons that are impacting lives every minute of every day."
After getting some much-needed insight on nurses, cohost Michelle Collins said, "I personally, I want to say, I learned a lot this week. I think we all did. Thank you so much for coming here. You know, as a result of this situation, I didn't understand the challenges facing nurses, the need to improve how people view and appreciate what you do, and, I'll be honest, I think the comments made Monday kind of played into that, and I'm sorry about that."
By the end of the show, Behar joked, "One thing that has become abundantly clear is that nurses wear stethoscopes."