Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Overcoming obstacles to become nurses

Source Website: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/overcoming-obstacles-become-nurses
By Smita Tiwary, The New Paper, 01 August 2017 at 06:00 am

Get inspired on Nurses' Day by these first-year Ngee Ann Polytechnic students
PHOTO: Get inspired on Nurses' Day by these first-year Ngee Ann Polytechnic students
(From left) Nursing students Daryl Puan Jin Hao, Ashley Chee Wan Ning, Yan Pei Ling and Yew Chin Ning.
Picture posted by Smita Tiwary, The New Paper, 01 August 2017 at 06:00 am


It is a noble profession that makes a difference to countless lives daily. Yet nurses face discrimination often, even from their own families.

Today is Singapore Nurses' Day.


International Nurses Day (12 May)
PHOTO: International Nurses Day (12 May)
Nurses are the fast and first point of contacting for health services. Nurses are innovatively practiced to provide free health checkup to the industries indicating their willingness of improving the health of staffs, to meet all the local needs, to improve the physical, mental and well-being of the patients. [2]
Every year, on 01 August, we celebrate Singapore Nurses’ Day to commemorate the our rich nursing history and the very important role that we play to support the health of our nation, friends and families. This year marks 132 years of nursing in Singapore. [3]
Picture posted by Ashish Thomas on 12 May 2014

Nursing student Yew Chin Ning, 17, is persevering with her studies even though she faces objections from her father.

She told The New Paper: "My father mocks me once in a while, asking why I want to do this dirty job, but it never deters me. I still want to help people, and I have chosen this path.

"There is stigma attached to nursing because the entry requirements are easy to meet, so my father thinks it is not prestigious."

Nursing is a noble profession that makes a difference to countless lives daily.
PHOTO: Nursing is a noble profession that makes a difference to countless lives daily. Yet nurses face discrimination often.
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Chin Ning, Ashley Chee Wan Ning, 16, Daryl Puan Jin Hao, 17, and Yan Pei Ling, 17, are first-year nursing students at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

They met while studying at the School of Science and Technology and signed up for the Ministry of Health Holdings' Healthcare Attachment Programme even before receiving their O-level results.

Daryl's mother, a clinical assistant, warned him of the long hours and the intense nature of the job.

He said: "My parents tried to dissuade me from it. My friends were supportive but teased me for wanting to pursue a vocation that had more females."

For Pei Ling, who scored three points for her O levels, it was a caring nurse at KK Women's and Children's Hospital who convinced her to be one.

Caring nurse at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH)
PHOTO: Caring nurse at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH)
"Personally seeing the faces of children that we have aided in the hospital. They just come up to you, give you the biggest smile and hug, and just say thank you. Even the hardest heart will melt. That makes this whole journey worth every bit." - Dr Caroline Low-Heah on her most fulfilling moment with Kidz Horizon
Picture posted by Kidz Horizon Appeal


She said: "She really tried to make me comfortable during my stay. I was around nine, but I still remember her name."

The four students are under a sponsorship with Tan Tock Seng Hospital that entitles them to a monthly allowance of $900 for three years and guarantees them a job upon graduation. For Yishun Community Hospital full-time nurse Sheena Ramazanu, 27, it was her father who inspired her to be a nurse.

In 1998, she was flying with her family to India when a fellow passenger could not breathe.

While everyone panicked, her father, Mr Ibrahim Shaik Mohamed, now 69, saved the day.

Then a mental health nurse, he tended to the passenger and calmed her down.

Psych nurses calmed an anxious person
PHOTO: Psych nurses calmed an anxious person
There is something beautiful about the whites of our past professionals. Something beautiful, humbling, and magnificent. -  by TheNerdyNurse on Saturday, 27 August 2011at 1034  am
Picture from National Archives of Canada


Miss Sheena said: "I do not know what would have happened if my father had not been there. From that day, I've related nursing to a life-saving occupation."

Sometime we need a warm hand to hold.
PHOTO: Sometime we need a warm hand to hold.
Picture posted by  SEAMS Hand Cream‏ @SeamsBeauty on 06 April 2017


By Smita Tiwary, The New Paper, 01 August 2017 at 06:00 am

[1] Smita Tiwary, The New Paper, Overcoming obstacles to become nurses, posted on 01 August 2017 at 06:00 am, http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/overcoming-obstacles-become-nurses

[2] Ashish Thomas, International Nurses Day, posted on 12 May 2014, http://uohherald.commuoh.in/international-nurses-day/

[3] President and the Board of Directors, Singapore Nurses Day 2016 Message From Singapore Nurses Association (SNA) President & BOD,   http://www.sna.org.sg/singapore-nurses-day-2016-message-from-sna-president-bod/