11 Aug 2017
To commemorate Nurses’ Day which falls on the first of August each year, we ask nurses from the SIM - University of Sydney Bachelor of Nursing programme to tell us why they love their chosen profession.
“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 my maternal grandfather suffer dreadfully because of pancreatic cancer. It took some courage but I was determined to become a nurse. Nursing has changed me as a person and allowed me to touch many lives."
Melanie Tan, Nurse Clinician, National Cancer Centre Singapore
“My interest in nursing was sparked by my secondary school co-curricular activity, St. John Brigade. Back then, only female members were taught basic nursing skills. I took the initiative to learn from my female batch mates and realised I enjoyed this (nursing).”
Deaths in A&E (Accident & Emergency) are often sudden and unexpected; it can be distressing to witness how families respond. Being in the A&E allows me to accelerate my pace when necessary, remain calm in chaos, and develop good coping skills.”
Kenneth Chia, Staff Nurse, Changi General Hospital
“After the O-Levels, I had to decide which diploma to pursue. As biology was my favourite subject, nursing became one of my choices.”
“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.”
Lim Siew Hoon, Senior Staff Nurse, Changi General Hospital
“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 experience for me is when the patients are discharged healthy and well from the hospital.”
Irny Hidaya, Nurse Clinician, Raffles Hospital
Thanking Our Nurses
SIM GE’s Corporate Marketing and Branding department went around to distribute a trail mix of nutritious nuts
as a token of appreciation to SIM -University of Sydney nursing students on 25 July and 1 August 2017.
Find out more about the University of Sydney’s healthcare programmes here.