For those of you missing “Jersey Shore” and for those of you who love “Grey’s Anatomy,” MTV has created the best of both worlds. “Scrubbing In” premieres Oct. 24 and features the lives of a group of travel nurses assigned to an Orange County hospital for 12 weeks.
The show will tell the stories of Tyrice, Chris and Fernando, the so-called experts of the program who have left their hometowns and lives behind. The show also will tell the stories of first-timers Adrian, Chelsey, Michelle, Crystal, Nikki and Heather, who embark together on this journey from their nursing jobs in Pennsylvania.
While the show is titled “Scrubbing In,” it appears as if there will be minimal amounts of scrubs involved in the show. In fact, it appears that there will be minimal amounts of clothing in general. For those of you fantasizing about those sexy health care workers who seem to be few and far between, this show gives hope to all with its countless shots of six-packs and bikinis.
The commercial informs us that these nurses are hellraisers, heartbreakers, life-savers and fun-seekers. I’m all about working hard and playing harder, but anyone who has worked for even a minute in the medical field knows that free time as a nurse is probably going to be spent sleeping due to exhaustion from 12-hour shifts spent running nonstop.
This show has created many angry nurses within the nursing community due to the negative light in which the show is portraying the profession. Having been a CNA for two years and a nurse in progress, I can tell you that all a nurse wants is to have a shower to get the blood, vomit and mucus off. Partying is the last thing on any nurse’s mind.
Now, this show could draw some people into the medical field and spark their interest. However, if the people watching the show are anything like the people who are in the show, I promise there is no room for them in the medical community.
The one thing I can say is that the commercial does show one of the nurses expressing how much she loves being a nurse. That is the one thing I hope is truly portrayed. While I know the majority of the focus will be on the social life of the nurses, the important part is what an amazing job being a nurse truly is.
Nursing is a career that you can love and hate all at the same time but would not trade for anything in the world. The days are long and strenuous. It takes a toll on you mentally and physically. However, at the end of the day, having a patient smile at you or just say thank you is one of the most rewarding feelings there is, and no party, day on the beach or martini can compare to it.