With a little help from Nursing Times, three nurses are to get their shot at fame.
The nurses will work with songwriter, record producer and screenwriter Geoff Morrow, who has worked with the likes of Elvis Presley and Sir Cliff Richard, to record a single and an album.
Mr Morrow wanted to show gratitude to the nursing profession after spending time recently in a London hospital.
Birmingham practice nurse Maxine Brooks, Gwent psychiatric nurse Karen Addyman and Harrow-based nurse Alexis Mendoza were chosen from the 610 nurses who auditioned, all of whom had replied to an advert in Nursing Times, which simply read: “Are you a nurse? Do you sing?”
Ms Brooks has been a nurse for 20 years in various fields. She said: “I will always be a nurse as I was born to be one. So far the juggling of my two careers has been harmonious and the opportunity to record “Can’t Smile Without You” and to help raise money for Nurse Aid is a dream come true.”
Ms Addyman was born in Cardiff and has enjoyed singing as far back as she can remember. After having four sons, she decided against returning to the world of finance and instead chose to resume her ambition of working in the medical world. She said: “My job involves administering medication in the form of injections, monitoring patients’ mental health and liaising between various disciplines and paperwork. I love my job.”
Ms Mendoza nursed in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait before settling in the UK. She said: “What keeps me going is the continued satisfaction that I receive from my patients after a long day’s work. The real essence of being a nurse is helping someone to wash and feed themselves when they are unable to, assisting sick people on their road to recovery until becoming independent again.”
The nurses’ debut single “Can’t Smile Without You” will be released on 14 November on iTunes. Proceeds will go to the charity Nurse Aid.
The group are currently finishing their first album, which will be released on 7 February.