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MTV takes on the ER in New Docu-series “Scrubbing In”


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What do you get when you take four best friends from Pittsburgh, all travel nurses, and place them in California for three months in a new hospital? That is what MTV did and that is exactly what they plan to find out in the new MTV docu-series “Scrubbing In.” I had the chance to conduct a Q&A with two of the cast members, Chelsey and Heather, to ask them a few questions audiences are dying to know.

Q:  How did you become involved with MTV and “Scrubbing In”?

Heather: We all worked together in Pittsburgh. There are about five of us. And we applied and were accepted into a healthcare program that was partnering with MTV. We were a little skeptical at first but in the end it turned out to be a great experience.

Q: What has been the hardest part about the experience?

Chelsey: I would say that being a travel nurse is difficult in general, so adjusting to a new charting system and only having a few days to learn has definitely been the most difficult part. Also missing your loved ones gets hard.

Heather: I have only worked with one hospital for five years so for me being in a new hospital with a new charting system and only having like two days to learn was definitely the most difficult part. Missing loved ones is also hard like Chelsey said.

Q: What did you most enjoy about this opportunity?

Chelsey: Come on! What is there not to enjoy about being in California with your four closets friends, embarking on a new path together? You get to see California with your four best friends!

Heather: Overall this entire experience was amazing.  Having this opportunity with your close friends has been great.

Q: Shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” romanticize the hospital and nursing field, from your new experiences how much of that is true and how much is fiction and for the sake of television?

Chelsey:  That is complete fabrication! We are constantly working and on our feet all day so you have to be in your zones. We don’t have time to hook up in med rooms and some of that stuff is just unethical.

Heather: This is real nursing. It is just us. Sure there might be drama but this is real life.

Q: Finally, what can audiences expect from this series?

Heather: We are nurses first. We love our jobs no matter. It is amazing and difficult. We have our fun while we are on the show but, we would never jeopardize our profession.

Chelsey: This is reality. I love that MTV is really showing nursing and our passion for our field.

“Scrubbing In” premieres tonight, October 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

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MTV takes on the ER in New Docu-series “Scrubbing In”