I am a “Registered Entrepe-nurse,” as my brother calls me.
I love the ER because it is a constant adrenaline rush. The wheels of my brain have to keep turning or I get bored quickly, which is why I chose emergency nursing. But who would have ever known in the midst of treating patients and saving lives that there would be a camera following me around, and that one day the footage would end up on a national television network?
Well, here we were, and when producers approached me again to ask if I would be interested in being filmed for a second season, it was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made.
I had already had a camera in my face for almost a year straight, every day. All eyes were on me — from patients to patients’ relatives to coworkers to management. And just when I thought it was all over, we were doing it all again.
Well, how could I have refused? The response after the first season of NY Med was overwhelming, but in an amazing way. To think that I have inspired people to go into nursing school is the best feeling in the world. The public eye finally gets to see what it’s really like working in one of the busiest hospitals in NY. It’s the real life Grey’s Anatomy.
I think patients opened up more when they knew they were being filmed. Most memorably, I happened to meet a handful of amazing, funny, witty, smart, and very experienced elderly women who are happily married for over 60 years. And when I say happily married, they were so cute they had me in tears. It gives me hope. It really does – to see firsthand that happiness in relationships can last that long. I learned to always ask what the secret is – and you’d be surprised to hear the advice these women have given me on how to maintain a successful, happy, long lasting marriage.
During filming for Season 2 of NY Med, I experienced a personal life crisis which kept me out of work for 3 months and unable to live my outgoing and exciting life. Due to this unfortunate incident, I have learned that as a healthcare professional, you truly never know how it feels to be in a patient’s shoes until you have actually been there. I am now back to work and realized that this situation has truly humbled me.
Marina Dedivanovic, RN, is ER Nurse at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital /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’ Season 2 of “NY Med.”