21-year-old Jordan Miller got a rare moment with his mother, Misti Johnson, after she finished a 12-hour shift.
The duo began taking about Misti’s tattoos and the discrimination she’s experienced in the workplace because of them. Jordan was admittedly quite confused that his mother, a registered nurse who has saved countless lives, could possibly be thought of differently because of her chosen form of expression. In a moment of justified frustration, Jordan took to Facebook and wrote a post that has since gone viral for all the right reasons.
“I’ve seen my mom pull a lady out of a car before it fills with smoke and she suffocates.”
“I’ve seen her do stitches on an injured person on the side of the road following a car accident.”
“I’ve seen her come home after a 12-hour shift, dead tired after dealing with an abusive patient all day, and get back up and do it again the next day.”
“She’s come home after holding a baby in her hands and watching it take their last breath.”
“She’s saved a drug addicts life after overdosing in the hospital bed.”
“My mom has more tattoos than I can count and it has never, ever affected her work ethic. She will wake up at the same time everyday and save a life.”
“Tattoos don’t define the person.”
Jordan’s post has received every kind of response, from the blatantly supportive to crushingly negative. Though he’s received some flak for his stance, the overwhelming majority of people who shared and commented on his post applauded Misti and the sacrifices she’s made.
Frank Somerville, a reporter for KTVU, had some wonderful words to tie this story up.
I’ve always respected and admired nurses.
And honestly the last thing I’m worried about when it comes to them is whether they have tattoos.
All I care about is whether they can do the job.
Whether they can give me a shot and I don’t feel the needle (I hate needles)
If they can do that then why should I care about a tattoo.
Jordan’s post about his mom has gone crazy.
I spoke to him about it.
He told me:
“The response from the post have been overwhelming.
We love to hear everyone’s stories.
My mom is filled with happiness to see the support from strangers all across the world.”
Amen to that.
Misti goes to incredible lengths every day to keep strangers alive. Her sacrifices deserve the utmost respect. With or without tattoos, Misti and nurses everywhere are beautiful people. Lets treat them as such.
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