"The View" insults nursing - page 2

Take Action! "The View" doesn't seem to include nursing June 16, 2003 -- Tonight's prime time episode of ABC's "The View," which consisted of a "His and Her Body Test" designed to impart basic... Read More

  1. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
    Just because it was a joke and in fun doesn't make it right. But perhaps I'm a bit sensitive as a gay man having seen many negative protrayals of gay people in the media just for fun. It still perpetuates (sp?) stereotypes, even if it is meant in good humor.


    The "I respect nurses, but let me joke about them" doesn't quite work with me. I'm not a bitter prude, and I'm sure if I say it I would have laughed. I know we shouldn't take ourselves too seriously. I didn't see the episode so I can't really comment any further.

    But jokes at the expense of the dignity of another group or profession can be a sticky issue with me.
    WHAT AN INSIGHTFUL post 3rd Shift guy. But I am not surprised. You have an excellent "grip" on issues like this. ITA!
  2. by   SmilingBluEyes
    3rdShiftGuy, I was thinking, you ought to send those very words to the sponsors and producers of that Idiot show. REALLY. You post is that good....succinct and to the point and true!!!!
  3. by   NurseDianne
    I watched the show, and I didn't find anything offensive to me. It was all in good fun.........a comedy sketch. As a LPN for years now, and currently in that elusive RN program.......I think it's ok to LIGHTEN UP..........joke around.......please......we aren't all that stuffy. Besides, the joke about the president daily.......it ain't nothin' but a thang..........
  4. by   SandySummers
    Originally posted by NurseDianne
    I watched the show, and I didn't find anything offensive to me. It was all in good fun.........a comedy sketch. As a LPN for years now, and currently in that elusive RN program.......I think it's ok to LIGHTEN UP..........joke around.......please......we aren't all that stuffy. Besides, the joke about the president daily.......it ain't nothin' but a thang..........

    Lighten up? When the media routinely portrays nurses as handmaidens, sex objects and angels of mercy, the public gets the wrong impression about our profession. This makes teenagers less likely to want to join our profession and parents of bright and success oriented children less likely to encourage them to become nurses. Instead, these talented people join other professions and hence, we don't have enough nurses and we especially don't have enough nursing faculty. So when poor media exposure leads us to a nursing crisis like the one we are in today, can you really just toss this aside as a joke? Media coverage of nursing is a matter of life and death--for the nursing profession as well as for our patients. The sooner we all realize this and start working to define nursing's image instead of letting the media do it for us, the sooner we can start controlling our own profession and our lives.

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    Sandy Summers, MSN, MPH, RN
    Last edit by brian on Jul 13, '03
  5. by   funnygirl_rn
    Wonderful letter Untamed!
  6. by   Gator,SN
    UntamedSpirit, I liked your letter so much that I just want to sign my name to the bottom of it! BRAVO!!!
    Gator
  7. by   Gator,SN
    What Merideth did was play upon many of the old cliches of nursing: we're ditzy, don't have any real contribution to the medical profession, and either we're old crones/tramps/effeminate males (take your pick of stereotypes).
    oh, everyone knows the only reason to become a nurse is to marry a doctor!




    Gator
  8. by   KristinWW
    I consider the source when I hear comments. Figures.

    If you really want to make a difference, get the national nursing associations after them. I guarantee, they'll be mocking new professions and issuing public apologies. Who do you think the majority of their viewers are? Women. What gender are the majority of nurses? Bingo (Sorry guys, you haven't caught up yet ).
  9. by   nowplayingEDRN
    Originally posted by Gator,SN
    UntamedSpirit, I liked your letter so much that I just want to sign my name to the bottom of it! BRAVO!!!
    Gator
    Please feel free to plagerize(sp) my letter, signing your own name and sending it off. I recieved a respose from Ms. Summers...

    Hi Christie:

    FANTASTIC letter to The View!! Really well done. Thank you. And this is
    the first letter we have received from a military hospital! Are you in
    the military or are you a civilian nurse?

    Please try to get others at Westpoint involved in protecting nursing's
    image. We need all the help we can get.

    Thank you,
    Sandy
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    Sandy Summers, MSN, MPH, RN
    Executive Director
    The Center for Nursing Advocacy
    203 Churchwardens Rd.
    Baltimore, MD 21212-2937
    410-323-6185
    cell 443-253-3738
    ssummers@nursingadvocacy.org
    www.nursingadvocacy.org
  10. by   nowplayingEDRN
    Oh :imbar..........thank you for all your kind words in reference to my letter. Just trying to stand up for myself and all my other co-workers nation/world wide. And Tweety....please, I encourage you to send your words to the producers. Very perceptive and profound.
  11. by   karenG
    I didnt see the show- we dont get it here but I do agree that I am fed up with the sterotyping of nurses. I hate the way mens eyes light up with beds when I say I am a nurse!! grrrrrrr and I would love to know why it is ok to sexually harrase a nurse?? if my patients harasse me then they quickly find that they no longer have a doctor- my docs are very good about that and wont tolerate it- either from men or women (our male docs occasionally have problems!)

    ohhh going to have a pimms!!!!!!!

    Karen
  12. by   NurseJacqui
    My family still wants me to marry a doctor. And when I graduated from nursing school, I was voted " Most Likely to Marry a Doctor" by those who don't even know me. Why? Because I'm " young and pretty" . Stereotypes exist, even amongst our own. (Personally, I prefer firemen)
  13. by   NurseJacqui
    By the way, has anyone seen those " Herbal Essences" commercials? You know the one where the nurse gives the patient a sleeping pill and then proceeds to wash her hair at the bedside(very professional) and have an orgasm? The pt's monitor shows a heart rate of 173 and the nurse pays no mind to this and continues with her " totally organic experience" Then the patient screams, she screams and the commerical is over. I actually had to laugh because the whole thing was so ridiculous but a former nursing instructor was so miffed that she called Clairol and complained. She said that she was put on hold and while she was holding a voice is saying, " I am woman...I am strong, " How ironic.

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