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Serving From The Heart

They make a difference in the lives of others every day, working tirelessly through long shifts to care for patients at different stages of life, often sharing in the joys of birth and the sorrows of death with others.

In celebration of Nurses’ Day which falls on the first of August each year, we feature nurses from the SIM-University of Sydney Bachelor of Nursing (Post-Registration) programme to find out what sparked their interest in nursing and what drives them to excel in a demanding profession.

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“I have to admit, when growing up, nursing wasn’t my ambition. I always wanted to be a teacher. Things changed when I saw my paternal grandfather die of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and also witnessed my maternal grandfather suffer dreadfully for a few months because of pancreatic cancer. I realised that life can be so fragile. It took some courage but I was determined to become a nurse. Initially, my parents were surprised but little did they know back then that nursing would become a career that has changed me as a person, a daughter and allowed me to touch many lives out there in Singapore."

Melanie Tan, Nurse Clinician, National Cancer Centre Singapore


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“My interest in nursing was sparked because of my secondary school co-curricular activity (CCA), St. John Brigade. Back then, only female members are taught basic nursing skills and it got me thinking why male members were excluded from these. I then took the initiative to learn from my female batch mates and realised that I enjoyed this (nursing) with genuine interest. After my GCE ‘O’ Levels, I went to pursue a national certificate in nursing and later on, a diploma in nursing."

“Deaths in A&E (Accident & Emergency) are often sudden and unexpected; it can sometimes be distressing and saddening to witness how families of the deceased respond to the death. All in all, being in the A&E allows me to accelerate my pace when necessary; remain calm in chaos; and develop good coping skills. I am glad that I made a right choice to grow as a Registered Nurse in such a challenging environment- it’s definitely one of a kind!”

Kenneth Chia, Staff Nurse, Changi General Hospital


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“After the ‘O’ levels, I had to decide which diploma to pursue. As biology was my favourite subject, nursing became one of my choices for diploma. I was then accepted into nursing. Throughout the years in nursing, I have learnt not only the science of how the human body works, but I have also learnt the importance of fulfilling the role and duty as a nurse.”

“I am passionate about nursing because I am able to care for the sick and elderly competently, safely and professionally, helping them to improve their quality of life by optimising their health status.”

Lim Siew Hoon, Senior Staff Nurse, Changi General Hospital


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"I chose nursing because I wanted to make a difference in someone else’s life. I have been a nurse for almost 11 years and it was not an easy journey. The best nursing experience for me is when the patients are discharged healthy and well from the hospital."

Irny Hidaya, Nurse Clinician, Raffles Hospital

Thanking Our Nurses

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In appreciation of our nurses, SIM GE’s Corporate Brand and Marketing Department dropped by lectures on 25 July and 1 August 2017 to distribute a trail mix of nutritious nuts as a token of appreciation to students from the SIM-University of Sydney Bachelor of Nursing (Post-Registration) programme.

To find out more about the University of Sydney’s healthcare programmes, click here

Posted online, 04 August 2017