WATCH: Miss Colorado’s speech about the patient who changed her life

When you think about Miss America, you probably think about pageant gowns, glitter and glam.

Well it’s all that — but now let us introduce you to a woman who adds inspiration to the mix, Kelley Johnson (aka Miss Colorado 2015), a nurse who opted to step into the spotlight in her scrubs at this year’s Miss America Pageant to talk about nursing and the patient who changed her forever.

Please check out the video below to catch her inspiring monologue, and to hear Johnson talk about the moment she realized she will never be just a nurse.

Johnson finished as second runner-up in the pageant. What did you think of her monologue? Sound off in the comments below!

Psst! Love her scrubs? Check out the Cherokee Workwear top and pants she’s wearing!

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9 Responses to WATCH: Miss Colorado’s speech about the patient who changed her life

  1. Glojon812

    I’m so thoroughly disgusted with The View. I don’t watch it regularly nor will I ever stop on it long enough to hear an apology which I’m sure is coming. I guess if Miss Colorado had put her monologue to music it would’ve been acceptable. I’m sorry if our profession that we do for the love of it and not the money as you do does not meet your expectations but let me assure you of one thing. I can teach someone to sing, dance or play an instrument but I cannot teach someone to be an excellent nurse. It is a thankless talent that we are born with. We care for the rich, the poor, the dirty, the infected, the uneducated, the addicted, and the terminally ill amongst all the others. We do it with smiles on our faces and love in our hearts. We coddle the crying babies and heartbroken families. We reassure the recovering and comfort the dying. We take verbal and physical abuse with elegance and class. We are the straight line to the doctors from every specialty. Without our hands, ears, and hearts, a doctor’s job increases drastically in difficulty and your great care becomes moderate at best. How dare you entitled women who merely had to read a script better than a dozen others to earn your millions mock a profession that I love and that I and so many of my friends are talented enough to be a part of. You should be grateful we don’t pick and choose who we help based on ignorance. To my fellow nurses all over the world, God bless you all. May you continue to bless others with your giving hearts and think very little of the opinions of the ignorant.

  2. Cathy Rice

    she is an enchanting woman with a heart of gold, if you are not a nurse, you don’t get it, ignorance is bliss or should I say ignorance in this case is stupid

  3. elpgal

    What a beautiful monologue. Brought me to tears. Since when do people think they are so good they can ridicule someone, their looks, their professions.

    Keep on criticizing, and one day you will need a bedpan or your a**cleaned and you will ring for a nurse!

  4. Nurses voice

    Someday Joy Behar may need a nurse. The unsuccessful slams she made to nurses, and all other stethoscope-bearing personnel will not matter. We will display compassionate care and professional attitude toward her; same as any other patient. Ms. Behar hopefully can meet a nurse someday that puts her I-have-no-clue-who-she-was-trying-to-humor critique in the trash where it belongs; and then continues to deliver essential care in the best interest of Ms. Behar. God forbid one will have to save her life someday, but the fact remains the nurse will do her damnedest, as always.

  5. Eileen M. Carney

    My sister is a nurse. My niece is a nurse. Two of my aunts were nurses. I have at least 4 first cousins who are nurses. I know how hard they work. I know how much they care about their patients. In the last few years I have been hospitalized several times. I have encountered many nurses and one thing I can say about them all is that they care for their patients. I am a retired elementary school teacher. I know that nursing, like teaching requires a personal commitment to your job and the people ( children ) that you deal with. You could not long survive in nursing or teaching if you didn’t truly love what you were doing. For some celebrity to belittle a nurse for relating a personal story about her nursing experiences is unacceptable, but then, when they most important part of your world lies in tearing down others, how much can you really expect?

  6. mbrn

    I’m sure The View will take more than just a few hits for this, as well they should. They have the luxury of sitting through their entire one hour shift….I stood for most of my 12 hour shift. They don’t have to worry too much about being vomited on, peed on, or hit. They don’t miss lunch and pray for time to take a bathroom break. They don’t have to withstand the heartbreak of holding someone who’s just gotten devastating news about their condition or that of a loved one. They talk about, ridicule, and degrade people on a regular basis….nurses take care of people much worse than they could ever conjure up, sometimes the dredges of society – and treat them all with dignity. It was a long, difficult journey to becoming a nurse, and for me at least, worth every lousy step. And yes….as Kelley Johnson said, we all have that one (and if we’re lucky, more than one) patient who changed the way we looked at ourselves as a nurse. It’s an “aha moment” that can, and usually does change the way we practice nursing. I spent most of my career working in The Burn Unit and Plastic Surgery. When I look back on the patients I got attached to, loved and lost, I realize that I’m the lucky one. The people, like those an The View, will never know the joy of helping their fellow man….of knowing they made a difference. They may make waaaay more money than I ever did, but I’m waaaay richer than any of them. Kudos to all my fellow nurses out there, putting all that knowledge and caring to good use. If you haven’t had your “aha moment” yet, hold on. It will come and trust me….it’s worth the wait.

  7. D38bish

    Miss Johnson did a great job representing our calling, not profession. Being a nurse is not for the faint-hearted! It’s a calling that only a specific kind of person can take on. Imagine what Healthcare would be like without the nurse. Much less effective, that’s what it would be like! The docs I work with could not do their job it we nurses weren’t there doing ours! The issue about the stethoscope, well, that was totally pure, unadulterated ignorance! I won’t call it stupidity because that has an excuse, ignorance does not! Ignorance can be corrected with teaching and learning! Stupiditidy can not! The folks on the view are ignorant! But be sure that when they or are loved one has totally O be hospitalized, they will definitely learn what it means to have a nurse who cares! Nurses are the direct line to the doctors and are well versed in making sure the docs know exactly what’s going on so they will know what they need to do to help you! I demand an apology from these ignorant people on behalf of my fellow nurses!

  8. Becky Pearson

    I’m proud to hear the speech of Miss Colorado as a fellow Nurse. She shhould be proud of herself. The profession needs more like her. I’m thoroughly disgusted with the VIEW lately. I’m glad I didn’t hear the comment as I rarely watch this show anymore. It’s gone downhill since Barbara Walters and Bill Geddings
    left. Nursing is a noble, but very stressful job that no one understands unless they have done it. I think those high and mighty women need to apologize. Who do they think will be caring for them when they get sick. I think a writing campaign to the Producers of the show and ABC is in order.

  9. qaqueen RN

    While I was very aware of the controversy regarding The View, I just saw Kelley Johnson’s monologue. Oh my stars! I sat and wept as I was flooded with memories of many patients (and family members) brought back by Nurse Johnson’s words. Yes, nursing is her talent! She elucidates her position poignantly the ups and downs of being nurse. Congratulations Nurse Johnson. I would be proud to work with you.