The recent Miss America Scholarship Competition sparked some very heated responses across the nation. During the talent competition, Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson appeared on stage in her nurse's uniform, complete with a stethoscope around her neck, and presented a monologue.
She shared a very thoughtful story about why she became a nurse. Ms. Johnson said, "Every nurse has a patient that reminds them why they became a nurse in the first place. Hers was an Alzheimer's patient named Joe.
In her monologue, she recapped conversations with Joe where she would say, "I'm just a nurse." But as she got to know her patient, she would tell Joe that he is not "just Alzheimer's." Joe realized something that we should all take note of… He told Ms. Johnson that she's not "Just a Nurse."
That really hit home with me. Nurses are special and contribute in so many ways to society. If you're a nurse please know that we value what you do and recognize the importance of this worthy career. Joe recognized that nursing is more of a calling, that she is a valuable person who is passionate about nursing, and does her best to help her patients.
This concept doesn't just apply to nurses.
None of us are "just anything." No matter what you do for a living or what your calling is, you are valuable and so much more than 'just' the job you do.
You are also a person who has family, hobbies, is involved in the community or any number of other things. You are important, and the word "just" isn't wide enough to define any of us.
Recognizing that every person you meet is special and no one is "just" anything will make this A Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager
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