Dartmouth nurse trades scrubs for stilettos

Jason Rose-Spurrell is trading his nursing scrubs in for stilettos full time.

Rose-Spurrell, better known around Halifax as Rouge Fatale, is quitting his day job as a nurse for a full-time career as a drag queen.

Her show at Casino Nova Scotia is so popular, it's been extended until September.

"I've decided to give it up for a while, take a step back from the nursing and take my career to the next level as a performer and producer here in the city," said Rose-Spurrell.

"I'm scared to death. But I have so much support. My family is very supportive, my husband has been amazing."

Friends and supporters say if anyone can make it, it's him.

Fellow performer Mike McCluskey says it's the right decision. "When I think of the pantheon of divas I think of Madonna, Cher and now I can add Rouge to that full time," he said.

Halifax city councillor Dawn Sloane became good friends with the drag queen about seven years ago.

"I think that Rouge is going to make it. He has the passion and drive to be able to go forward and I know that he's certainly going to make a big splash on the scene," she said.