My current thing to go on about revolves around this business of the current issue of the offensiveness of a bunch of washed up has-beens yapping on about a beauty pageant contestant that got up in scrubs and related some touchingly honest truth about being a nurse. Her from-the-heart statements describing nursing as a talent hit very close to home. You see, i am a nurse and i am proud of what I do and what i am. I have also had a slew of health issues my self and have been cared for by some truly awesome nurses, many of whom were unaware that I was one of them too. I say that to point out that these folks took great care of me because I was a human being and a patient, not because I too was a nurse. But I digress. Nursing is indeed a talent, regardless of what a group of pseudo-celebrities think.
It has been plastered all over the news and the internet about how insulting the statements made were and how wonderful it is that nurses have banded together in defense of one of their own. Don’t get me wrong, in a profession that is sadly reputed for eating its young, it is good to see us banding together in support of one of our own. However (and this is where I may piss off some people) I think we should consider the fact that the people of The View have proven themselves to be the catty , nasty overly opinionated group of cackling hens that they are. I say this at the behest of being accused of name calling, which is really just as bad as what started this. What with several companies pulling their sponsorship from this show over this issue, i think it is very clear what the American public thinks of what these people have said.
The View has additionally made themselves look even worse by issuing a half-ass apology that was meaningless and presumptive that their viewers (if there are even any left) are drooling morons. It is glaringly obvious that that apology was only done as an attempt at some sort of damage control.
That being said, my opinion as to what to do going forward is to ignore these people. They thrive on attention (even negative attention, not unlike a little kid). The more media coverage they get, the more fires are lit about this. Like many irritants in society, stop giving them attention and they will go away. i am pretty sure the show’s ratings are now in the sewer anyway. i think that we (the television watching public and the advertisers) have made our point. Now we need to be the adults in this situation. We need to hold our head high and walk away. The more we howl about this, the more we act all butt-hurt by what a bunch of silly, washed up talking heads say, the more we come down to their level. We as nurses and adults need to step away from this controversy, hold our heads high and be the educated, caring proud professionals that we are.
Few, if any of us went into this field for the glory and the publicity. We nurses do not need a bunch of whoever fawning all over us telling us how wonderful we are. We are better than that. I prefer my accolades to come in the form of a thank you from patients or from just plain knowing that I made someone’s life a little better even if just for a moment, even if they don’t know i was there.Even if i am only remembered as the warm hand in thiers as they go off to sleep for surgery or the calming voice as they wake up, i can be more proud of my accomplishments as a nurse than Joy whoever she is will ever be for yammering on about ultimately inconsequential garbage.
Finally in closing, i have never had much patience for these type of “talk shows.” I find the idea of watching a bunch of people sit around a table and blather on about miscellaneous whatever really quite irritating. Admittedly I have never watched “The View” or “The Chew” or any of the other pathetic excuses for daytime television and now I know why.