The universe of Latin American public hospitals seen from the female gaze reaches the grid of Telemundo International with ‘Nurses’, the Colombian series that explores the difficulties and achievements of an unrecognized union, which tries to overcome its personal problems to help its patients. Family conflicts, work, rivalries, loves and heartbreaks are woven in each chapter from an emergency room.
The series began filming in August 2019, then it had to stop due to the pandemic and, later, return with all the protocols of the case. “We had to portray history and how doctors and the front line faced a pandemic that we did not even imagine how it was going to be. On the other hand, there was the issue of leaving the isolation of our own lives to go to record what happened in a hospital, with the tragedies that each of the characters carried. Bringing all this to the public in an almost parallel way was a sum of many feelings ”, says the actress Viña Machado, who plays Gloria, the antagonistic nurse in the story through Zoom.
Her co-star Nina Caicedo, who assumes the role of Sol, an optimistic nursing assistant, says that it was also difficult for her to work in times of a pandemic. “It was very difficult, there was no physical contact between us, we did the covid test every so often, taking off our masks just to record, and with all the real biosafety elements that nurses use. It was horrible because at the beginning I was suffocating, we didn’t listen to each other, we didn’t see each other well, everything was fogging up, ”he says.
Actor Julián Trujillo, who plays Álvaro Rojas, says that in order to prepare his character (a doctor posing as a nurse to hide his homosexuality) he had a close experience with the staff of a real hospital emergency in a public hospital of Bogotá before the pandemic. “I interviewed and shared a lot with the emergency physician there to understand what the issue of ranks and work is like. On some occasions they let me be near them, on others not, on others I was uncomfortable and on others they were very kind. The series is intended to help, it is not only the medical problem, we get involved, because when I did my field work, the nurses did get involved with the patients ”.
Trujillo adds that the scriptwriter for the series studied Nursing and that her vision when constructing the characters was decisive. “That was very important because from there it was seized to be able to get the largest number of medical cases that are just not counted that way. My character, for example, has gone beyond what is shown in Latin America, and we are risking telling something else ”.
For all three actors, being part of this story, at a time when the work of health professionals is so important, has made them overvalue doctors and nurses. “The truth is that we feel a true admiration with all our hearts for all the staff who have to use all this on a daily basis, with the brands, with the sadness, it seemed very hard to me,” says Nina Caicedo.
“In a real emergency there is everything, there is a lot of stress, so much that I don’t know how to handle it because it is quite a lot. I do not want to imagine the stress that doctors and nurses in pandemic have now, that is why they must be understood and helped, because it is a complex universe. And if we as actors do not reflect that vocation, we have a huge flaw in history ”, adds Julián Trujillo. ‘Nurses’ will go from Monday to Friday at 7:00 pm on Telemundo Internacional.
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