- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Joy Behar is the target of criticism on social media by nurses outraged that she suggested on “The View” that only doctors use stethoscopes.

On Monday, the women of the ABC daytime show were discussing Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson, who performed a monologue and discussed her profession as a nurse in the talent portion of Sunday’s Miss America pageant, E! Online reported.

Co-host Michelle Collins poked fun at Ms. Johnson, saying, “She came out in a nurse’s uniform and basically read her emails out loud and shockingly did not win.”

“Seriously?” Ms. Behar responded incredulously.

“I swear to God. It was hilarious,” Ms. Collins replied.

“Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on?” Ms. Behar asked before Ms. Collins clarified, “She helps patients with Alzheimer’s, which I know is not funny, but I swear you had to see it.”

The exchange has sparked people across the country to come to Ms. Johnson’s and other nurses’ defense, creating the hashtag #NursesUnite.

In an open letter to Ms. Behar, a blogger who goes by the name Kateri, and who is also a registered nurse, said the comment is “an insult grounded in ignorance.”

“A woman in a beauty pageant put on baggy clothes and walked on stage to talk about her job, and all that a woman who is paid to sit at a table and gab could come up with was insults,” Kateri wrote.

“That wasn’t a sad moment for nurses. It was a sad moment for women, and I for one, am embarrassed, not angry,” she continued. “As a supposed advocate for women, I just ask that you learn and you choose your words more carefully before attempting to degrade and minimize the work of millions.”

“We are the people who not only listen to the heartbeat of people you love, but it is our work that personifies the heartbeat that America was built on, exemplifying the caring, compassion, and selflessness that we need more of in this country,” Kateri concluded. “This is our voice, and there are 3 million of us that you will not be able to keep quiet.”

Her post has been shared on Facebook more than 10,000 times.

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