Lights, camera, action! Evelyn Farkas, RN, cares for cast and crew in this non-traditional nursing role
Evelyn Farkas, RN, loves her job as a Mother/Baby nurse at AAMC, but when the movies come to town, she is ready to transform her nursing skills to serve a very different population.
Whether filming a movie, a television show, a music video or a commercial, a set medic is included on the list of crew members. When Evelyn’s schedule allows, she is happy to answer the call. So far, she has worked on the sets of Argo, Salt, J. Edgar, National Treasure 2, Syriana, Night at the Museum, and Step Up 2, just to name just a few.
Evelyn describes the gig as being rather like camp nurse. Those involved in the entertainment industry may seem invulnerable, but its members can succumb to injury, illness or just plain homesickness. Enter Evelyn, whose background in theater combined with a nursing degree make her uniquely qualified to minister to the needs of any cast of characters. Besides meeting interesting, famous and sometimes extraordinary people, her “backstage pass” allows her to go to locales otherwise not open to the public, such as secure areas in the Pentagon, the Library of Congress, the White House, or even the subterranean Metro System.
On the not so glamorous side of things, the show must go on, regardless of inclement weather, lengthy delays and not-so-attractive places.
Evelyn is grateful for the opportunities offered within her career. She sees nursing much like a healthy tree, with many branches waiting to be tested and explored over the course of a lifetime — a career that can be shaped using the skills, talents and interests of each individual. -Penny Banello, PCS, Mother/Baby