The Doctors Shine a Light on the Great Work of Nurses

During the 2016 Miss America pageant, registered nurse Kelley Johnson delivered an impassioned monologue about her role as a caregiver. The monologue, given during the talent portion of the competition, received comments from some members of the media that many viewers perceived as mocking the nursing profession, resulting in a strong social media backlash from supporters of nurses.

Surrounded by three fellow nurses on The Doctors' stage, Nurse Kelley addresses the controversial remarks about her monologue:

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says he found Kelley's monologue to be moving, and OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton adds that nurses play a crucial role in providing the "care" of health care.

Family medicine physician Dr. Rachael Ross adds that nurses always are the first medical staff to jump into action, both in and out of the hospital setting. Hear how a nurse helped Dr. Rachael's father when he collapsed during a recent family outing:

Dr. Travis notes that hospitals soon may be facing a critical shortage in nurses, so it's more important than ever to bring attention to the crucial role that nurses play in the health care industry and to respect those who enter into the profession.

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