Five trained nurses who plied their trade at a Pittsburgh hospital are set to hit the big screen as key components of a reality television series about caregiving, according to a published report.
Nikki Cirrincione, Chelsey Ferri, Michelle Battisti, Crystal Burrell, and Heather Ambrose all are tasked with working at a California medical center for 12 weeks, The Tribune reports. Joined by four additional caregivers,
all of them are filling roles as traveling nurses for the MTV series "Scrubbing In" beginning Thursday night.
'How their profession impacts their personal lives'
The 12-week series trains a focus on the nurses' lives within and outside the hospital. On top of showing the challenges of being a traveling nurse, the shows also feature how the nurses hold on to old friends and make new ones, as well as enter the dating scene after picking up from their lives and times in Western Pennsylvania for Southern California, according to executive producer Mark Cronin.
"We're after a balance of the 360 degrees of their lives – of how their profession impacts their personal lives, and vice versa," the executive producer told the news source.
The remuneration that nurses collect for plying their professional skills is competitive. The median hourly wage last year was more than $31, according to ONet. That converts to a median annual salary of more than $65,000.
Inspired by her own medical issues
Hailing from Ford City, a suburb northwest of Pittsburgh, Cirrincione was drawn to nursing after she endured several injuries through sports, which included two knee procedures. While enduring the pain of those lesions, she came to the realization that she wanted to go into the medical sector. Following the knee operations, that preference sharpened to nursing.
"It's a great profession, and I wanted to be able to help people that way I was helped during my surgery," she told the publication.
Prior to Scrubbing In, the five nurses worked in the trauma intensive care unit of Alleghany General Hospital. They initially were apprehensive about being featured in the reality television series. They opted to move forward under the lodestar of helping to educate the public about what nurses actually do.
Career prospects for well-trained nurses is strong. During the 10-year period leading to 2020, the sector is forecast to develop at a pace as fast as 28 percent.
Lincoln Technical Institute offers post-secondary courses and training for aspiring nurses who are aiming to equip themselves with credentials and skills that are necessary for winning employment opportunities in the healthcare sector.