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Nursing Stethoscopes: A Tool Not A Costume!

Posted over 3 years ago by Bob Smithing


Michelle: We love you and we respect you and we adore you. You guys are the most compassionate people. You all deserve raises.
Joy: We are at their mercy. Apparently, I wasn't paying attention. I was looking at a Ms. America tape and there's this woman wearing a nurse's outfit and I thought it was a costume. I'm used to seeing them in gowns and bathing suits. I wasn't trying to be funny. It was just stupid, inattentive. I didn't know what the hell I was talking about. My son-in-law is a PA and my niece is a nurse. I was just not paying attention.


You may be aware of the recent spotlight on nursing during the Miss America Pageant. Last Sunday, Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson, got on stage for the talent portion of the 2016 pageant and performed a monologue about her profession as a nurse.

On Monday, "The View" poked fun at this performance, with Michelle Collins saying that Miss Colorado came out in a nurses uniform and read her emails. Joy Behar then asked why she had a doctor's stethoscope around her neck. This has struck a nerve in the nursing community and has many nurses frustrated at the lack of understanding about what nurses do every day.

ANA's response has been to point out that this misinformation is evidence that we need to remain diligent in educating others about the nursing profession.

We are also encouraging nurses to Tweet @TheView with selfies with their stethoscopes, using the hashtags #NursesShareYourStethoscopes and #ThisIsNotaCostume.

If your members are reaching out to you and you want to respond, please join us in encouraging nurses to share their stethoscopes to show pride in the profession and help educate the public.



Joan Hurwitz
Senior Director, Communications
American Nurses Association
8515 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910


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