"The View" insults nursing - page 6

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   Ortho_RN
    Did ya'll send an msg to Barbaras mail bag..?? I think there is a link to it on the views website..

    The respond sometimes to even unhappy letters,.
  2. by   fab4fan
    Originally posted by Catsrule16
    Anyone ever wonder why the Asian-American cast member left the program? I believe that she wanted to do more serious reporting. I have seen her work on women's issues in the middle east. She's very good. Leaving the show was a great move for her. Her name is Lisa Ling, now with MSNBC and National Geographic. I think the program went downhill after Lisa Ling left.
    Ummm...actually, Lisa Ding-a-Ling made some very negative comments about nurses a while back. She was interviewing Stephen King, and she asked him if he had any weird nurses like "Annie" in his book "Misery." Kudos to Stephen King, because he very politely slapped her down and let her know how fantastic
    his nurses were, and how much he thought of them.

    I sent her an e-mail about it and got a very snotty/bratty response...should have saved it.

    Then one time they were interviewing Maura Tierney ("Abbey" from "ER") and one of them made the comment about her character "settling" for being a nurse, instead of "going on" to be a doctor. Maura stood up for nurses, and the show did make an apology a few days later, believe it or not (they said they were flooded with angry letters from nurses about the "settling" comment).

    Haven't watched the show in at least a year...not much has changed.
  3. by   SandySummers
    See a powerful letter to Barbara Walters written by Diana Mason, RN, PhD, FAAN, Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Nursing.


    We need more letters! It's time to turn up the pressure. We encourage anyone who objects to this episode's "view" of nurses to write to "The Viewmaster" http://abc.abcnews.go.com/daytime/th...iewmaster.html and send copies to each of the co-stars--
    Barbara Walters http://abc.abcnews.go.com/daytime/th...l/walters.html
    Meredith Vieira, http://abc.abcnews.go.com/daytime/th...il/vieira.html
    Star Jones http://abc.abcnews.go.com/daytime/th...ail/jones.html and
    Joy Behar http://abc.abcnews.go.com/daytime/th...ail/behar.html --at the show's web site and urge the show to make amends to the nursing profession by creating a primetime show about the rewards of working in the nursing profession. If you do send an email, please send us a copy of it at letters@nursingadvocacy.org and tell us who you sent it to so that we can monitor the effectiveness of this campaign.

    Also consider sending Johnson & Johnson a copy of your letter, or a letter specific to them at http://www.discovernursing.com/contact.asp
    They were the sponsors of the show. And while I know that they were not aware that The View was going to diss nurses the way they did, they may still be able to apply some corporate pressure to The View if they know that you are unhappy.

    Thank you.

    Sandy Summers, MSN, MPH, RN
    Executive Director
    The Center for Nursing Advocacy
    Last edit by brian on Jul 13, '03
  4. by   AMV
    Excellent posts.... I hope we keep this one going. I followed the links to http://www.nursingadvocacy.org/news/..._the_view.html and I will email the show's co-stars. Hopefully, this situation can be turned into something positive for the nursing profession. It just amazes me in some perceptions that are still out there about nurses. I especially like UntamedSpirit's reply - that really sums it up.

    It is SO frustrating to me that so many people really don't KNOW what it is that nurses do; the responsibilities we have, the knowledge we must posses, the organization and professionalism needed to handle VERY busy days (which are VERY OFTEN handled with less than perfect staffing!) AND on top of that - the compassion that is needed to WHOLISTICALLY care for our patients (and families) who are often facing extreme crisis - and are at some of the most difficult times in their lives.

    I have recently changed my area of practice and am now working on a PCU floor (Telemetry) with a GREAT group of nurses and I am so PROUD of what I do for my patients and the new knowledge and skills I am learning. I am also proud of the respect I receive from my patients AND the physicians as well. I wish those women from the View could see what I see during a day's work! Yeah, the skit may have been just in fun, but why? Would they portray a female journalist as a ditz or a female physician or attorney? Probably not. And to hear that they asked the actor from ER who plays Abbey the question as to why her character didn't finish med school, but "settled" for nursing also adds to proof as to what the media's perception of the nursing profession truly is.

    I really think that the media's view on and knowledge of nursing needs to be "corrected" if we want to make improvements in our profession as far as working conditions, compensation and respect. Until attention is focused on the safety of the public (as patients) in regard to safe staffing levels - not too many people are really going to give this whole issue a lot of thought - other than those of us who ARE nurses!

    It would be wonderful if we could get ABC and The View to follow up on this!
  5. by   renerian
    Heated topic. Dang I thought it was in humor.

    renerian (nurse for almost 20 years)
  6. by   Ortho_RN
  7. by   canadiannurse21
    Hi everyone! I love this thread, and would like it to continue. I have included the letter I wrote to The Viewmaster, as well as Joy, Meredith, Star and Barbara Walters herself. Tell me what you think ok? If I receive a response from anyone from The View, I will post it here.

    __________________________________________________ _

    I am a Registered Nurse, and I love my job.

    I was appalled and disgusted over the show The View aired on June 16, 2003, the prime time episode of ABC's "The View," which consisted of a "His and Her Body Test,"
    and included an attack on nursing, with co-host Meredith Vieira appearing disguised as an "ugly nurse."

    There is as ongoing shortage of nurses in the health care system today, one of the causes being related to common misconception of the public about the profession. To rectify the situation, The View should retract the negative messages conveyed on the June 16th episode, as well as create a show dedicated to the prestige, importance, and love involved in nursing.

    I find it personally offensive when the career I have worked years at is made a mockery of on national television. I go to work everyday to heal, love, and teach. When I go home, I take work "with me" by reading current health care literature, preparing client teaching material for my patients, and reflecting on my day's experiences. Nursing is a profession which is personally rewarding both intellectually and emotionally. I take pride in what I do, and expect others to respect that.

    Although this part of the show may have been an attempt at humor, I personally believe it is the responsibility of the media to recognize situations which are fundamentally a lot more damaging than "funny." If Shows like The View continue to contribute to such negative stereotypes, the aforementioned crisis of our health care system will never be taken seriously, much less be solved, nor will nurses receive the respect they deserve.

    Thank you for your time.

    Patricia Taylor RN (and damn proud of it!)

    A Tribute To Nursing

    The word nurse has meaning
    Or so it seems to me.
    It isn't just a title
    Used to describe an employee.
    Exploring our chosen field
    We can attempt to try and define.
    What is our origin and history
    That brings our skills to mind?
    Nurse must have come from two words.
    The first three letters -- N, U, R,
    Surely must be deriven from
    The nurturing given to patients near and far.
    The end of the word is easy.
    The letters -- S, E, stand for "see".
    We observe and assess constantly
    So that advocates we can be.
    Assessment is a keen skill,
    Fine tuned and constantly improving.
    Nurses then do intervention and planning
    To get patients on their feet and moving!
    Our rewards are rich and bountiful.
    We teach prevention and assist the sick.
    A smile, a touch and infinite caring
    Add to the grand profession we've picked!
  8. by   ceecel.dee
    I would expect (and laugh at) this portrayal, if done by Carol Burnett....but Merideth??.....on an "intellegent women's show"?
    I sent an email.
  9. by   imenid37
    i bet the view and their prestigious sponsor "Johnson &Johnson" would never have a show making a mockery of sahm's. they'd lose out on a helluva lot of sales if they did that now wouldn't they. i think the view is all fluff as i said before. as a show for women, it ought to show a liitle more respect for such a female dominated profession. great letter canadian.
  10. by   Katnip
    Isn't Johnson & Johnson the company that's doing all that nursing promotion? It would probably be good to find out someone they're sponsoring is creating the opposite image J&J is trying to create.
  11. by   fab4fan
    I'm even more troubled hearing that Barbara defended this on 20/20.

    They have eyes but they cannot see...they have ears but they cannot hear.
  12. by   SandySummers
    Yes, Johnson & Johnson is the company sponsoring the $30 million Campaign for Nursing's Future. I spoke to the director of J&J's Campaign and she said that they had no idea that The View was going to insult nurses, and I certainly believe that they don't want bad publicity on this. However, they do have corporate muscle and we should copy our letters to The View to J&J and ask them to use their weight to pressure The View into doing nurse-friendly television shows to make amends to the nursing profession.

    Good letters you guys. Keep 'em coming! Even if you only have one sentence to say--just register your disapproval to them. It counts.

    Re: Abby on "ER", you might be interested in our write-up of "ER"
    Sandy Summers, MSN, MPH, RN
    Executive Director
    The Center for Nursing Advocacy
    Last edit by brian on Jul 13, '03
  13. by   funnygirl_rn
    Thanks for the websites Sandy..will foward the emails to them.