‘NY Med’: Marina Dedivanovic Reflects on Being Filmed on the Job in the ER

By ABC News

Aug 7, 2012 1:11pm

Marina Dedivanovic, RN, is ED Nurse at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Weill Cornell Medical Center. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York and now lives in New York City. Dedivanovic completed her nursing degree with honors at Dorothea Hopfer School of Nursing and has worked at NewYork-Presbyterian for the past eight years. She now appears on ABC News “NY Med”.

Once upon a time an ABC News film crew appeared at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.  They stayed for many months – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Now this experience had several “prince charmings,” but no kissing was involved – and it certainly wasn’t a fairy tale being filmed day in and day out.  Terry Wrong the producer of “NY Med” (a true prince) saw me from a distance, and I was filmed every day for four months straight.  Now that I have watched “NY Med”, I can sigh knowing that this journey has a happy ending.

I was so nervous especially the first month of filming.  As a RN [registered nurse] in the ED [emergency department] at NewYork-Presbyterian, I have a daunting job that is very unpredictable and intense.  Now, add a news crew following you around.  Frankly, I am not sure if Snow White could handle it.

There were so many moving parts to this production, and at times I felt as if I was no longer in control of my space. I took lots of deep breathes and decided to just focus on my work and ignore the lights and the cameras.  It felt like a big test and fortunately I passed.

If I were asked to be filmed again, my answer would be yes. I will forever be an RN because I truly love my job, but I never realized that a little camera action on the side would be fun, too. It was stressful because my job isn’t easy, but it was a lot of fun and allowed me to get to know my patients on another level, which was truly exciting.  It was an experience I’ll never forget.

I hope everyone enjoys the show and sees what it takes to be a nurse. It can be hard to explain my job in one of the best and busiest EDs in the nation — you just have to watch it.

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