Nurse Emily never intended to become a viral sensation.
Yet, when she posted a video on Facebook after a trip to the grocery store in March, people took notice.
Thirty million views later, she’s got her own show on YouTube called “Nurse Emily.”
“We need to laugh,” Nurse Emily says. “People are so stressed out right now. What’s bizarre about this situation is that this series doesn’t fall into the realm of nursing. It’s so completely foreign to me.”
The video that started it all is called, “Just Touch Your Face.”
Nurse Emily has been in the medical field for 24 years.
She’s currently a psychiatric nurse, but has spent time in different areas.
“I was even a corrections nurse for eight years,” she says. “But I’ve never really worked with kids. Kids are a whole other ball game. Heart rates are different and they can’t usually tell who what’s wrong. It’s all a guessing game.”
Nurse Emily isn’t only here for the laughs, she’s taking time to educate as well.
The show — in partnership with Studio City — brings timely COVID-19 knowledge to the masses.
Episodes include her rant monologues, debunking social media’s endless stream of coronavirus conspiracies; pandemic do’s and don’ts; one-on-one video interviews with quarantined celebrities such as John Ross Bowie from “The Big Band Theory,” Kevin L. Johnson from “Ozark,” Troy Evans from “Bosch” and columnist Leonard Pitts Jr.
“Because people seem to have gone to Google University and got their Ph.D, there are more experts than we know what to do with,” she says with a laugh. “I’m here to help ease people’s minds about coronavirus. It’s tough because the information is always changing. I think people don’t know what to think anymore and as a nurse, it has been hard to keep up with.”
Nurse Emily is also celebrating National Nurses Appreciation, which runs from May 6-12.
With the information changing so often, Nurse Emily says the basics of nursing skills remain the same, though there are new toys to work with.
She’s also showing appreciation for her fellow nurses working with the non-profit Nurses House, the only charity in the entire nation dedicated to aiding nurses who become ill, injured, or disabled on the job, and encourages viewers to donate and share their support.
“You keep hearing that nurses are superheroes,” she says. “That is so sweet and we’re almost uncomfortable with the recognition. It’s very odd to be thrust in the spotlight. We are humbled and appreciative how everyone is backing us up. People are fighting for the nurses. Nobody gets into this profession to be recognized.”
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