On Tuesday afternoon, I had the opportunity to have a one-on-one phone interview with two of the stars from MTV’s newest reality show, “Scrubbing In.”
Chelsey and Heather, registered nurses and two of the show’s cast members, gave me the details on their travel assignment and new adventure at a California hospital.
How did MTV select you for this documentary series?
Heather: The five of us — Michelle, Crystal, Nikki, Chelsey and I — were all looking to do a travel assignment to take a new step in our careers, and we were chosen from there.
What do you want people to get from watching your show? In particular, what can nursing students learn from it?
Chelsey: Personally, I want America to see all the work that nurses do and how much the nurse is involved in patient care. The nurses are the ones that are at the bedside for a whole 12-hour shift and really know the patient from head to toe. It’s the nurse that knows the patient and knows how to relate to them.
Heather: We really want nursing students and even the general public to be aware of what we’re doing as nurses. We’re the doctors’ surveillance cameras, and we bring many of the patient’s problems to the doctors’ attention. You have to be on your toes at all times. Being a nurse isn’t about making a lot of money; you have to be passionate about what you do.
Was a camera following you almost 24/7 bothersome at all? Did you get used to it right away or did it take awhile?
Chelsey: I personally feel like we kind of knew what we were signing up for, and particularly in the hospital the cameras were respectful of what we were doing and didn’t step in if it was getting too crazy. They sat back and let us do our jobs. It wasn’t hard getting used to them [the cameras] because they kept to themselves.
Is this show a good depiction of your everyday lives?
Heather: I mean we did what we would normally do; we just had cameras following us. So I would like to say yes. We are nurses first, and we would never do anything to jeopardize our careers. But at the same time, we are all in our 20s so we want to have fun in our personal lives because you only live once.
Did you enjoy filming the documentary?
Chelsey: I don’t think we necessarily enjoyed the filming, but we enjoyed the fact that we’re going to be able to show America the lives of nurses. We went out there as a group of friends who take a new adventure in our lives, so I’m very excited for everyone to see it.
What are you looking forward to most about the premiere?
Heather: We’re just looking forward to bringing light to what nurses actually do on a day-to-day basis. There’s a lot of controversy out there that as nurses there’s not any time to enjoy our lives. You work long shifts three days a week, but you also have free time to do what you want after work.