Joy Behar Mocked Miss Colorado’s Nurse Speech. One Woman Responded With a Letter Joy Needs to Hear
When they got to the talent portion of their critique, Joy Behar didn’t understand why Miss Colorado, who is a nurse, wore a “doctor’s stethoscope” around her neck with her nurse’s scrubs during her monologue.
This triggered an open letter from Kateri Allard, who is a nurse, regarding the ignorance she believed she saw on display. Posted to her blog,According to Kateri, Allard begins with an offer to help Behar:
Dear Joy Behar,
A beautiful woman in a beauty pageant put on baggy clothes and humbly walked across the stage to talk proudly about her career, and her passion for caring for other human beings, and the only thing you could muster in response was an insult grounded in ignorance.
Rather than being offended or getting angry, I will instead, take a moment to teach.
I am a big believer that the first step in fixing ignorance is education. So allow me, for a moment, to educate you.
She then explained where Behar was in error:
The stethoscope is a medical device used to auscultate (that means listen to) the inner workings of your patient. (read; heart, lungs, and bowel)
Doctors do this when they examine their patient.
So does the respiratory therapist.
The Physician Assistant.
The Nurse Practitioner.
And the nurse.
The average patient in the hospital will be examined by their doctor every 24 hours. The Respiratory Therapist likely stops by at least every eight hours. And the nurse, she or he is probably in the room hourly, with that stethoscope on the chest and abdomen at least every four hours. In the ICU this occurs hourly, at minimum.
By unwritten laws of use-equals-ownership, it seems to me that maybe it should be called a nurse’s stethoscope.
But that isn’t necessary, Joy, because in the hospital we know how to share. We know that we each play a role in taking care of that patient, and as a result, we just call it a stethoscope.