[CV] Tell us about your nursing career?
[Roxanna] I always wanted to be a nurse and the people in my life including my family persuaded me to do so. I received my RN degree from Seneca College in Toronto. I then worked as a nurse at a hospital in Toronto. I loved my job as a nurse because I loved healing people and seeing how much I could affect another person’s life.
[CV] How did you go from being a nurse to being a singer?
[Roxanna] I also always wanted to be a singer my entire life and I was persuaded to go forward with my career from the encouragement both my family and patients gave me. After seeing how much I helped my patients I knew that I could help others.
[CV] Tell us about your career in music?
[Roxanna] In my younger days I used music to calm myself as an escape. Later I attended Winston College where I focused on music classes and joined the choir. After attending nursing school and becoming a nurse it was my patients who told me to pursue my music career. Now two years later I have just realized my new album Exotica, which includes 12 romantic tracks. These songs tell actual stories; for example “Here with Me” is based on a poetry book that father gave me while “Beautiful Rose” is in honor of my mother who has passed away. The album also includes two covers made popular by Julio Iglesias.
[CV] What do you think about arts and healing in general?
I believe that it is not just medicine that heals one. From experience I see that art can really help someone who is need. Both my music and lyrics do so.
[CV] Do you have any advice for nurses who are seeking to change their careers?
[Roxanna] Many times you feel underpaid but just remember you’re helping others out, you can even be saving a life! Don’t ever back away if there is something you want to do, do it. If you are not happy with something change it. Lastly, care for patients the way you would want to be treated.
[Roxanna] I’ll never forget the patient who was suffering from dementia, who was no longer swallowing. After singing to her I noticed a smile on her face and my singing was able to actually get her to start eating. Seeing the power my music had on others I knew I could help more than just patients.