For Immediate Release:  September 16, 2015

“The View” comments were callous and uninformed

New York, NY—Responding to negative comments about their profession made on ABC Television’s “The View” program on Monday, nurses of the New York State Nurses Association said they were disappointed with statements that disrespected nursing.

The Monday segment featured a clip from the Miss America Pageant featuring Miss Colorado in her nurse’s scrubs delivering a heart-felt monologue about a patient. “The View” mocked the presentation, even asking why she was wearing a “doctor’s stethoscope”.

The comments have sparked a torrent against “The View” from nurses, their patients and supporters.

“We were appalled by the statements on ‘The View,’” said Jayne Cammisa, RN, a 28-year nurse veteran at Westchester Medical Center. “Nurses are professionals carrying out difficult assignments on a daily basis.”

Ms. Cammisa worked in the kidney-liver transplant unit of the hospital and is a member of the New York State Nurses Association, the largest nurses’ union in the state.

“We use stethoscopes and much more in fulfilling our professional duties. We deserve respect and are deeply disappointed the commentators on ‘The View’ would be so callous and uninformed.”


The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) represents more than 37,000 members in New York State. We are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses. For more information, please visit our website at


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