Just a nurse with my doctor’s stethoscope

It’s been a busy few days in the nursing community – first with the high of Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson's moving monologue on being a nurse and then with the low of some uneducated comments on a celebrity talk show.

First, the monologue
I was so impressed with Miss Johnson’s monologue for her talent portion of the Miss America pageant. Nursing is a talent, as is story-telling which she did very well in the competition. Miss Johnson shared the story of her relationship with a patient and what they learned from each other. She taught him that he’s not just an Alzheimer’s patient and he taught her that she’s not just a nurse. 

So often, we nurses are tough on ourselves! We use phrases such as “just a nurse” despite knowing just how important our role is. While I cringed when I first heard her use those words, I was relieved to see the point that she was making. Take a look…


Then, The View
In their discussion about the Miss America pageant, the panel on The View made some derogatory remarks about Miss Johnson’s monologue, saying that she “basically read her emails,” calling it “basically hilarious,” and asking “Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on?” Wow – this stung initially and then really angered me. And I am not the only one! I’ve spent a good part of this evening reading the posts and comments in support of Miss Johnson’s monologue and I’m also really enjoying the new hashtags (#nursingismytalent, #nursesmatter, and #respectnurses, to name a few), as well as the selfies nurses are posting with their stethoscopes. 

The point is being made – we are nurses and we are proud of it! Keep sharing your passion and educating others about the work that we do and the difference that we make!

lisa morris bonsall takes selfie with stethoscope

Posted: 9/16/2015 6:05:44 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 8 comments

Still love her so much.!

3/16/2017 2:48:11 AM

Miss Johnson made me proud. Her dedication and love of her profession is the reason nurses have been voted the most trusted profession in over 12 years straight. Joy and the View demonstrated their lack of knowledge, in particular healthcare knowledge. Come on Joy....even patients have stethoscopes LOL!
The aftermath responses hopefully have served to enlighten the View and many others. As nurses we must continue to educate our patients and the world at large about who and what we are.....as we are very, very special and irreplaceable profession indeed!
12/24/2015 4:28:24 PM

Selinda Smith
Since when does a stethoscope belong exclusively to the doctor? It is a piece of medical equipment used by nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics, and more. What a ludicrous comment by The View. But then again, just consider the source! Miss Colorado's monologue hits to the heart of every nurse out there.
12/17/2015 1:58:23 PM

I hope we can keep the momentum going, sharing with the public our role in health care and continuing to be supportive of each other
9/28/2015 4:47:41 PM

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Hi Beth - You are so right! This momentum is surely something and I hope it continues too.
Keep up your good work sharing your voice for nursing and mentoring new nurses!
9/19/2015 1:45:57 PM

Beth hawkes
I am almost ready to thank Joy for her remarks which are rallying and uniting nurses. I hope we can keep the positive momentum going. Thanks for sharing, Lisa
9/18/2015 1:27:57 PM

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Thank you Miz Norma!
9/17/2015 5:48:20 PM

Nurse LMB!
~~your chosen profession is "in the NEWS" --!!
->we can say these 2 televised incidents (Nation-wide) have certainly raised "awareness" of the (VITAL!) global-wide! IMPORTANCE of the Nursing profession. (And that's "a good thing" !😍)
(for me, the WOMEN of "theVIEW became annoying with their "arrogance" -long ago! (I do not watch "THE VIEW", so I missed their •ridiculous•"put-down")
your Family&Friends are so very proud of your(&your husband's) participation in our MEDICAL community.
(AND->Congrats! on creating/sharing THIS impressive/informative BLOG!)
❤️fr: Miz NORMA
9/16/2015 1:59:06 PM