Saturday October 20th 2018

What nurses are saying …

If you were on Twitter and Facebook in September, you most likely noticed thousands of nurses from all over the world, proudly displaying their stethoscopes and voicing their support for the profession.

The campaign led by the American Nurses Association came in response to comments made by the hosts of the television program “The View,” who poked fun of Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson, an RN, for her performance of a monologue about nursing during the pageant. Co-host Joy Behar asked why she had a doctor’s stethoscope around her neck. The comments not only demonstrated disrespect for nursing, but displayed a profound lack of understanding about what nurses do every day.

ANA asked that nurses tweet at “The View” sending their stethoscope selfies using the hashtag #NursesShareYourStethoscopes. ANA’s constituent and state nurses associations helped spread the message. On Facebook alone, ANA’s post reached more than 4.7 million and on Twitter the hashtags had a reach of well over 2 million.

In addition, ANA issued a statement from ANA President Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, to the media. Over the next few days, an apology was issued from the show’s co-host via Twitter, but social media pressure remained high, and companies pulled their advertising from “The View.”

On Sept. 18, the show devoted an entire segment to nursing in an effort to apologize and advance understanding of the profession. More than 50 nurses from New York University College of Nursing and the NYU Langone Medical Center appeared on the show, some coming in after a 12-hour shift to support the effort. Kellie D. Bryant, DNP, WHNP-BC, director of Simulation Learning, and Larry Z. Slater, PhD, RN-BC, CCRN, clinical assistant professor, an ANA-New York board member, talked with the hosts about “What exactly do nurses do?” The conversation allowed Bryant and Slater to highlight the education, training and skills required of nurses, along with the challenges faced and countless heroes who are saving lives every day.

NYU Nursing’s Director of Simulation Learning Kellie Bryant and Clinical Assistant Professor Larry Slater appeared on ABC’s “The View” Sept. 18 to clarify “What exactly do nurses do?” They were joined by more than 50 nurses and students from the NYU Langone Medical Center and NYU College of Nursing, who volunteered their personal time to promote greater understanding of the profession.

The president of ABC News called Cipriano to offer his personal apology, and he promised to work with ANA to help educate the public on the heroic work of nurses.

Johnson continues to act as a courageous spokesperson for nurs­ing, appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Dr. Oz Show” in September. ANA was included in stories in People, Forbes, “E! Online” and Associations Now, which included a photo of ANA CEO Marla Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN, proudly sharing her stethoscope.

We encourage members to continue to take action by:

•  Expressing yourself on social media via ANA’s Facebook page or using the hashtag #NursesShareYourStethoscopes.

•  To display your RN pride, visit ANA’s e-store and make your selection from our line of  “I’m an RN, what’s your Superpower?” products at http://anaestore.summitmg.com/anaestore.

•  Join the movement to unite and elevate the voices of nurses with a donation to the American Nurses Foundation. Visit www.givetonursing.org.

•  See the best film on nursing ever made.  “The American Nurse: Healing America” helps raise funds for nurse scholarships. Visit www.givetonursing.org.

To access ANA’s social media channels, click on the icons on ANA’s homepage at www.nursingworld.org.

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