"The View" insults nursing - page 8

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   mattsmom81
    You're right, Fergus...the fat cops hanging out at the donut shop, the ambulance chasing attorneys, the prudey old spinster teacher.....we are not the only ones getting stereotyped. Thats all in fun and doesn't bother me too much, unless it's sexualized.

    And secretaries get the sexual stereotypes as bad as nurses.

    The sexual nymph nurse image keeps my male patients primed for their stupid sexual comments, (it would be sexual harassment any other place) requesting that 'sexy young nurse' even though 'she'll keep my heartrate up too high', and keeps the families joking about stuff like "that good looking nurse will get you feeling better in no time Daddy."

    This stuff has gotten really old to me, and the media's sexual stereotyping is keeping it alive and well.

    I'm gripy today. guys..sorry...but thanks for letting me vent.
  2. by   Good_Queen_Bess
    Furthermore, I find it annoying because images of nurses being nympho's/bimbo's/doc's handmaidens etc, just reinforces the stereotypical image.
    I have to constantly remind many people that I don't just wipe up poo and vomit all day and wash people.
  3. by   fergus51
    See mattsmom, that never happens to me as I have only worked in OB and NICU!
  4. by   CCL"Babe"
    Oh, I've gotton plenty on them. Including men asking for sexual favors outright. Once when doing private duty a male patient(CEO of major insurance co at that time) told me that he was paying for my services and he considered a certain sex act one of them. I told him that I was his nurse, not a prostitute.

    I've had many inappropiate comments from physicains. As an ER nurse I had a man come in with an arrhythmia. By the time his MD came in it had resolved. The physician told me (in front of the patient) that I should get up on the bedside table and dance for the patient and maybe bring back the arrhythmia.

    Even my moniker is a play on a physicain I work with who calls all the female staff Babe. That's why I put it in quotation marks.

    I would be a very rich woman if I had a dollar for every inappropiate comment I've encountered as a nurse.
  5. by   Teshiee
    We live in a country that people are going to say, stereotype, and prejudge. As a black woman nothing suprises me in this "Great Nation" I simply turn the station off, don't patronize my hard earn money to establishments or waste my time w/anyone or thing that degrades me because I am a woman who happens to be black and a nurse!!!!! What it all boils down to is the $$$$$$ If the view or any other corporate continues to offend or degrade enough people w/ hard earn $$$$$$$ stop supporting this nonsense then they would have to change their tune!!!!!!!!!
  6. by   lateblumer
    I am offended by ANYONE who does not stand up for our profession.

    Letting others degrade us by portraying us as sex objects, bimbos, airheads, ect, means that we agree with their opinions of us. Personally, I am a single parent with two girls who both want to be NURSES. I am proud of the work that I do because I literally hold peoples lives in my hands, whether it be with a medication that is keeping them alive or the urgent call I am making to the Dr. who has no idea what is wrong with the patient, because he refuses to take time away from his golf game or boat to actually come in and see them. I commend all of us who continually say, I HAVE HAD ENOUGH! but clock back in the very next day to do it all over again.

    I used to like The View because of their diverse prospective on current events. But this has really changed my mind about the show. For someone to say "My sister-in-law is a Nurse" then turn around and portray us they way that she did, is a disgrace to both her family and our profession. Everyone I know has been in the hospital or had some loved one in an ECF , at some time in their life. Who was there for every ache, pain, c/o or whim? THE NURSE! Yet, still we suffer this kind of abuse.

    It is disgusting that people can show us in this kind of light and it be accepted as just plain fun. I worked hard to get where I am at. As I am quite sure most of you all have too.

    Maybe if enough of us STAND UP and say we will not accept this portrayal anymore, whether it be in fun or not, we will finally quit getting our butts rubbed from horny patients, and thought of as bed-bathing sex object and be treated with the RESPECT we all so rightly deserve.
  7. by   Good_Queen_Bess
    EXACTLY lateblumer. It's like saying firefighers only rescue cats from trees. It's an insult to our hard work, professionalism, knowledge and dedication.
  8. by   SandySummers
    Hi everyone:

    J&J has released this statement today regarding The View:


    Statement from Johnson & Johnson to nurses

    We are very sorry to learn that you were offended by sequences in Monday's primetime program on ABC, "The View." The depiction of a nurse in the skit was meant to be humorous, and really dealt with consumer gullibility; but it was clearly offensive to a number of people who have written to us, and we want to apologize for that.

    We hope you understand that as a sponsor of network television programs, such "The View," we are not given the chance to review, let alone control, program content, except to know what the general theme of the program will be. Our opportunity to have a say in this program was further limited because the show was presented "live."

    Despite that, we were a sponsor and we are very concerned about your reactions and have conveyed our own feelings and reactions to the producers.

    We hope you also know Johnson & Johnson has devoted considerable resources to a national effort we initiated last year to help address the nursing shortage. This program, called "Dare to Care," includes television messages that portray nurses as the heroes they truly are. In addition Johnson & Johnson has raised millions of dollars to fund scholarships for both nursing students and faculty and has created a special website, www.discovernursing.com, where schools and nurses can order promotional materials free of charge to help with their recruiting efforts.

    In view of this commitment, to learn that you were offended by something we sponsored is of great concern to us. We have questioned the producers of The View and believe it was not their intention to insult anyone.

    Again, we're sorry you were upset by the program and we appreciate your taking the time to express your views on this matter.

    -----------------(end of message from J&J)

    Everyone--please note that The View has not responded to anyone that I know of yet, nor have they said that they would make any effort to make amends to the nursing profession. I say let's keep up the pressure on them and send more letters and ask The View and ABC to do a nurse-friendly show, or better yet, help us get a TV show about nurses produced on primetime. Or they could at least donate some money to an image campaign for nurses.

    Please see our write-up on The View for info on where to send the letters.

    Even if you only have one sentence to say--please tell them.

    J&J, one of The View's main sponsors should also be made of aware of your ire toward The View for their anti-nurse show.
    J&J's comment form is

    Thank you for advocating for the nursing profession!

    Sandy Summers, MSN, MPH, RN
    Executive Director
    The Center for Nursing Advocacy
    Last edit by brian on Jul 13, '03
  9. by   Joycean
    I stopped watching The View long ago because of unflattering comments made about another group of people. Specifically, Christians, and not in a joking manner. I feel they tend to generalize instead of dealing with individuals. I only wish I could have seen this episode so I could respond. It has taken lots of years to develop the profession of nursing to the level it is now. It takes very little negative publicity to loose the respect of the public.
  10. by   VickyRN
    I don't watch the View. Tried watching it a few times and it was just too, well, BORING. I also don't generally agree with the panelists' viewpoints.