Niagara University nursing students and faculty members aligned themselves in the shape of a stethoscope to support the American Nurses Association Twitter campaign.

It’s been one year since the American Nurses Association launched a social media campaign to respond to an inaccurate comment made about the nursing profession during an episode of The View.

After one of the hosts of the ABC daytime talk show asked why Miss America contestant Kelley Johnson, a registered nurse in Colorado, was wearing a “costume” and a “doctor’s stethoscope” during her monologue, thousands of nurses took to social media to defend the contributions of their profession.

The ANA – with a current Twitter following of nearly 60,000 – promoted the hashtags #NursesShareYourStethoscopes and #ThisIsNotaCostume, and retweeted all photos posted with those hashtags, including a picture taken from the roof of O’Shea Hall of Niagara University nursing students forming a stethoscope. The image was posted by Dr. Michael Ackerman, ’80, associate director of NU’s School of Nursing.

On Thursday, the ANA again referred to the Niagara University image on Twitter, tweeting, “Definitely one of our favorites for the 1 year anniversary of #NursesShareYourStethoscopes!!”

The American Nurses Association is a national professional association which advocates for the nation’s 3.6 million registered nurses and the patients they serve. Additional information is available at

Niagara University offers a nursing degree completion program that caters to students who are already registered nurses as well as a four-year B.S. and an accelerated B.S. in nursing. Learn more at

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