I have wanted to be a nurse since I was a little girl. As a nurse for the past 32 years, I've never regretted following my childhood dream...
I had another dream that I never confided to anyone. Time to set the record straight!
I yearned to walk down the aisle of the Miss America pageant - wearing the crown and holding the roses. I practiced every year as I watched the competition.
Usually after the first half hour, my family would excuse themselves for 'bed' - yet I was a die hard, along with my teddy bear. I had my winning shawl (a fuzzy blanket) ready to don...
Over the years, I gave up this dream. I even gave up watching the Miss America show. The talent part of the competition was out of my league - at least in my adolescent mind.
I never gave up on nursing, proudly graduating and passing my State Boards in May, 1983.
This week I've had to do some catching up on social media. While this is not my first priority, I had to check out Kelley Johnson, RN - Miss Colorado and second runner up in the 2016 Miss America competition, held on September at the Boardwalk Hall Arena in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
I don't choose to give my view on the comments of two irresponsible co-hosts on "The View" about Kelley Johnson's, Miss Colorado, talent monologue.
Kelley is a beautiful woman, starting from within. She is a heart nurse as you can tell from this video:
I may have missed this monologue entirely as I no longer 'need' to watch The Miss America pageant.
Now, the media's 'talent' is putting a negative spin on every story they sink their fangs into.
So, to me, "The View" ended up giving the profession of nursing an overdue bolster in appreciation and reputation - quite unintentionally.
The overwhelming show of support from thousands of nurses, as well as physicians and grateful patients feels just and right. Even the American Nurse's Association has weighed in - after prompt apologies from these sheepish co-hosts.
It's 'preaching to the choir' as far as I'm concerned. In this case, I love the song and can never hear it too many times.
"Nurses are life savers". I cannot think of a more honorable and noble profession on the planet.
And thanks to Kelley Johnson, crowned second runner up in Miss America 2016, every nurse in our country holds this title as well.
As for me, my 'second' childhood dream has finally come true...and the talent piece of the show no longer intimidates me.
Today and every day - thank a nurse who has made a positive difference in your life.
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