Miss Georgia's singing talent may have helped her win the Miss America crown, but it was Miss Colorado who made waves with her monologue about being a nurse. Kelley Johnson, who ended as second runner-up, appeared on stage in nurse's scrubs and spoke about caring for Alzheimer's patients. "I went over to him and I lifted his head up out of his hands. And I said, 'Joe, I know that this is really hard. But, you are not defined by this disease,'" she said, per ABC Denver. The Alzheimer's Association later thanked Johnson in a tweet, but the ladies of The View weren't wowed. She "came in a nurse's uniform, and basically read emails out loud and shockingly did not win," Michelle Collins said during a segment Monday. "I swear to God it was hilarious." Joy Behar next commented, "Why does she have a doctor's stethoscope around her neck?"
One look at The View's Facebook page shows numerous demands for an apology, most using the hashtag #NursesUnite, per the Coloradoan. "It is a NURSE stethoscope too. I use it to listen to a child's lungs," writes one nurse, per E! "Your comments denigrated our most noble profession. You owe all of the nurses of this world an apology." In a post with some 530,000 likes, another nurse notes, "Nursing is a talent. It takes a talented person to put an IV in a dehydrated newborn with veins as fragile as a piece of hair. It takes talent to perform CPR for 2 hours while desperately trying to save someone's child. It takes talent to safely manage a confused and combative patient." She continues, "I'm not at all envious of what you do. I'm sorry I wouldn't want to take a walk in any of your shoes. I'll stick with mine. The shoes of a talentless nurse." (Female nurses face another obstacle every day.)