Practical Nursing, 2010
I am proud of my extensive connection with Cambrian. Every time I walk in the doors, I feel at home. A part of my life almost since birth, Cambrian College has served me well.
Cristina Masotti is a nursing instructor at Cambrian and a Registered Practicing Nurse (RPN). She also plays violin with the Sudbury and North Bay symphonies and is a freelance musician.
On top of that the Cambrian College graduate owns her own business, providing medical and nursing care in patients’ homes.
“I love all of the things I do and Cambrian has been a very large part of all of it,” she says.
She first toddled through Cambrian’s front doors at the age of three, to begin violin lessons with Metro Kozak, who taught in the School of Music and was also conductor for the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra.
Masotti had taught private music lessons at Cambrian for several years when, in 2007, her mother became very sick. Relocating to Toronto temporarily to be with her mom and family, she had a revelation of sorts.
“While I was witness to my mother's slow recovery, I watched the team of nurses and physicians work. Though I was in a bit of a deep-freeze emotionally, something reached me watching them care for patients in the ICU,” she recalls. “One day, my mother's respiratory therapist asked me if I wanted an application. I thought, ‘You know what? I do!’ ”
Once her mother fully recovered, Masotti came back to Sudbury and applied to Cambrian’s practical nursing program. She graduated in 2010 and began working at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre in Sudbury.
“My nursing professors were of the highest calibre, notably Marilyn Nadjiwan Rasi and Anne Valic, and their words and teachings still echo in my practice as a nurse. I soaked up every second of my nursing education while there, enjoying the process so much that I actually shed a tear on my way home after I wrote my last exam.”
While on placement and later working at St. Joseph’s, watching the doctors and nurses in action again led to a new phase of her professional life.
“In my nursing placements and practice, I witnessed patients going home with minimal care, sometimes all alone with no family, sometimes with a spouse who was too frail to provide the care necessary for that patient. I witnessed palliative patients wishing to be in their home, and expressing it,” Masotti explains.
“Thus, Nurse Right Now was born. My company provides care on the client's terms, and allows a level of service that is specifically tailored to each client. Nurse Right Now matches the right nurse or caregiver to the right client, and offers service based on the client and family's schedule.
“The company has designations of caregivers and nurses for any need that preserves lifestyle, promotes independence and provides exceptional medical and nursing care in the client's home.”
From musician to nurse to entrepreneur, Masotti says she owes much of it to Cambrian College.
“I am proud of my extensive connection with Cambrian. Every time I walk in the doors, I feel at home. A part of my life almost since birth, Cambrian College has served me well.”
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