Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the comments of the panel of The View. They made disparaging comments about Miss Colorado in the Miss America Pageant who claimed her talent as nursing.
The women thought that nursing wasn’t exactly a talent and wondered why she was wearing a nurse’s costume and a doctor’s stethoscope. Although they later claimed they were joking about the pageant, it created a firestorm in the nursing world.
So, is nursing really a talent? Was Miss Colorado right in promoting her nursing skills as her talent?
In the opinion of this nurse, yes, she was right on target. How many singers and dancers do we need?
We need men and women who are willing to step up and care for someone at their worse. It is a talent to calmly talk to a family member who is distressed and angry.
It is also a talent to juggle all of the responsibilities thrown at nurses. Even the much denigrated med pass is difficult and requires the talents of memory, knowledge, and time management.
Of course, it takes talent to participate in a code, but that isn’t what nursing is all about. People skills are definitely a talent, and nurses would not be able to go through a shift if they couldn’t deal with a wide variety of people.
What makes the comments of the women on The View so disturbing is the utter lack of understanding about the nursing profession. Some feel that nursing isn’t a real job and that we are all wanna be doctors.
Nurses are intimately involved in all aspects of medicine and patient care. They know anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, biology, and most of the other subjects doctors are trained in.
This is not to say that nurses are doctors. It is to say that doctors and nurses are colleagues and that they work in concert to bring the patient to health.
It takes talent to stand up to a doctor who is giving the wrong order. It takes talent to comfort a patient who has just found out they were dying.
Some say that the opinions of media talking heads don’t matter, but that isn’t true. It affects how our patients view us.
These comments take away from our ability to operate as equal medical professionals. Our ability to properly portray our profession to the public is a very real necessity.
When comments are made about nursing, it isn’t something to ignore because their opinions don’t matter. Already the public does not appreciate what we do or know anything about it.
Media portrayal of nurses in a negative light can interfere with how we interact with our patients and their trust in us. The recognition of our talent as medical professionals is important, and the misinformation provided by the media should be countered with all of the public power that we have.