DENVER -- Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson created quite a stir earlier this month at the Miss America competition during the talent portion of the contest.
It wasn’t because of some outrageous outfit she was wearing; it was because she was wearing nurses scrubs and a stethoscope.
“Every nurse has a patient that reminds them why they became a nurse in the first place,” she said. “First, I was very unique. This had never been seen before. I don’t think there’s one person who’s walked out on the Miss America stage, [wearing scrubs].”
Until now. And for whatever reason, the hosts on "The View" were not impressed.
“I think that what they saw was not a talent,” Johnson saod.
“She came on in her nurses uniform and basically read her emails out loud. She shockingly didn’t win. Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope on?” a co-hos on "The View" said.
The negative backlash from viewers and nurses nationwide was immediate, and "The View" offered an apology, of sorts.
“The best part about this was that the spiraling nurses response afterwards has just been profound,” Johnson said.
Johnson said comments on "The View" were a blessing in disguise. Maybe now, she said, nurses will get the respect they deserve.