WATCH: Nurses take over ‘The Doctors’

Following the comments made on The View last week regarding Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson’s passionate monologue about being a nurse, nurses across the country united to rally for recognition and respect. In light of the controversy, hosts of The Doctors invited four very special guests to take over the show today…nurses!

Watch Kelley Johnson, Monique Doughty, Alice Benjamin and our very own Nurse Mendoza discuss the important role they play in healthcare and what this controversy has done to elevate the public’s respect for their profession:

What do you think? What else do you want the mainstream media to know about the profession? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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4 Responses to WATCH: Nurses take over ‘The Doctors’

  1. Gertrude

    I have been an RN for 32 years, in Critical Care for 20 and in Long term care for over 12. The most important message that I can pass on to other Nurses is: We belong to an Extraordinary Profession. On OUR worst day at work, we can get in our car, turn the rearview mirror to us and proudly say: Someone’s life was better today because I was in it! Even on those horrible 12 hour ICU shifts, when I could literally lose 3 patients, I knew that there last moments were better because I was there. Their families could sleep at night because I was there, their Doctors could sleep at night because I was there. We have an amazing affect on peoples lives we may never even meet, because we are Nurses, and that’s what we do. So every Nurse reading this, believe me when I say, there is no better satisfaction than knowing, someone’s life was better, because YOU were there!

  2. jandejesus

    I am a Nurse from the Philippines but I am currently working as a fire fighter. When I saw this video, it felt so good that at least and I hope that people would see nurses now in a better perspective. Here in our country, nurses are overworked and underpaid and sometimes not even paid at all. And most of the time, we are being exploited just because we needed work experience for future applications. This is also the reason why so many nurses were deviated from the nursing profession. Nurses work as teachers, police officers,military personnel, fire fighters, and call center agents to earn their living. But some work as drivers, constructions workers,salesperson on stores and others none at all. Despite everything, we understand one thing in common, caring and bringing out the best to whoever we give our services are our passion. We don’t just help other people, we listen and talk to them, we understand their needs in a holistic way, we heal them inside and out. That’s why I am so proud as a nurse, we all do.

  3. ccziv

    I want the public to understand that we are professionals, not simply handmaidens for doctors. We are not less than doctors (except when it comes to the radical underpayment of nurses vs the over-payment of doctors), we are not less intelligent than doctors and certainly not less important, we simply have a different role, different responsibilities, and our own professional standards and code of ethics. In fact, the reason patients get assigned to particular units (think ICUs) is not for the doctors but for the specialized nursing care. The journalist Suzanne Gordon is a tireless advocate for nurses and I highly recommend her work.

    I worked in a large ICU of a major teaching hospital for most of my career and a few nurses putting our heads together often had 100 years of experience compared to the intern who is brand new and only doing her time in the ICU for one month. Who would you rather have running your code? In critical care nurses, doctors, and respiratory therapists work very closely together, and when we get a good group of interns and residents who truly respect our skills and experience (this often depends on how much the Attending values nurses), the synchrony and teamwork is a beautiful thing and patients always reap the benefits of that collaboration. The truth is that in a teaching hospital ICU, nurses are actually doing quite a bit of the teaching. And when we work with doctors who are really excited about what they are doing, we (nurses) often have marvelous opportunities to learn from doctors.

    Also people need to realize how thinly stretched nurses are in the US. The fact is that hospitals consider nurses “costs” and doctors “assets.” This needs to change because in order to save money, hospitals assign nurses more and more duties (such as cleaning equipment, taking care of laundry, doing transports, and new responsibilities are added all the time as hospitals cut ancillary jobs to save money, although taking care of two criticality ill patients alone is so much work that we never get a break and you are having a slow day if you actually get 20 minutes to eat a sandwich), the point is that patient care takes a big hit, which is not only frustrating for nurses who are saddled with many non-nursing duties, but also dangerous for the patients we care for.

    Nurses need to be included in high level decision making, such as the design of the unit, and the doors should be open for nurses to have the same educational opportunities as doctors, such as attending M & M rounds and learning about new research. The more we know, the better we can care for our patients and more lives will be saved because we are the ones responsible for administering drugs and treatments, the last stop so to speak, it is crucial that we are kept up to date with appropriate medical treatment so we know when to question orders. Most nurses are curious and responsible enough to do our own homework, but we should have more opportunities to spend part of our work time with access to learning opportunities instead of teaching ourselves on our days off.

    The biggest mistake doctors often make is not listening to nurses, and nothing is more demeaning to nurses and dangerous for patients.

    We also should have significantly more autonomy (earned for most situations.) Nobody should have to call a doctor at three a.m. to get an order for a cough drop. Nurses are stuck in the middle because our priority is patient care, but there is no end to the consternation and mocking doctors heap upon us for making that call. Another reason nurses — bedside nurses — should be included in forming policies.

    I could go on, but I won’t.

  4. ccziv

    Nurses and teachets are two of the most undervalued, underpaid professions. Ironically, it is hard to think of two more important professions. We are losing almost all of the best and brightest nurses to other professions because of the low status and low pay. People don’t realize that nurses risk our lives and health in order to serve others.