One of the most memorable moments during the 2016 Miss America pageant was registered nurse Kelley Johnson’s impassioned monologue. The monologue of Miss Colorado was praised by nurses and members of the media but some berated her choice of talent which was perceived by many as a mocking of the nursing profession.
On Friday, nurses invaded the TV show “The Doctors” giving nurses a chance to speak up and raise awareness on the significance of the nursing profession. Addressing the issue is a panel of nurses consisted of Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson, Monique Doughty, Alice Benjamin and Nurse Mendoza.
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ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says he found Kelley’s monologue to be moving, and OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Asthon adds that nurses play a crucial role in providing the “care” of health care. Family medicine physician Dr. Rachael Ross adds that nurses always are the first medical staff to jump into action, both in and out of the hospital setting.
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Use 2020 to challenge perceptions of the role of nursing
What does it mean for front-line nurses in the UK? The UK’s four chief nursing officers (CNOs) told Nursing Standard that 2020 should be used to propel the nursing profession into the public sphere and challenge perceptions of the role.
CNO for England Ruth May said an immediate focus would be on promoting a career in nursing to potential nursing students ahead of the deadline for applications to universities on 15 January.
Dr May said she and chief midwife for England Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent will also travel across the country between April and November ‘so that we can see the great work going on, and meet and celebrate with teams across England’.
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CNO for Scotland Fiona McQueen wants to use 2020 to create a lasting legacy for nursing, and look at ways to better support newly qualified nurses.
International Council of Nurses’ (ICN) chief executive Howard Catton told Nursing Standard that the year must be used to encourage governments across the world to invest in nurses’ education, recruitment and retention to achieve universal healthcare.