As a young child, I always thought working in
the healthcare line was a noble profession and
worked towards that ideal. However, as I grew
up, that impression waned somewhat, as I did not
relish the idea of facing death and illness all
the time, and so, became an architect instead.
However, while a part of me enjoyed immense satisfaction
in doing well in architecture with a well-paying
job, the nagging feeling that my life was spiritually
unfulfilled continued to nag at me. I contemplated
a career switch but had no idea of what direction
to take. Then, NYP and WDA launched a new Accelerated
Diploma in Nursing under the Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) together with the
two healthcare clusters, to enable mid-career
workers to make the switch to the healthcare sector.
Suddenly, everything clicked into place and after
a brief moment's consideration, I applied for
the course. That was two years back, and I've
never regretted that decision since, even though
it meant a drastic pay cut.
The Acc. Dip.in Nursing has equipped me with
a sound nursing foundation and the necessary knowledge
and skills to effectively embark on my new nursing
career. The two year course was intensely hectic
but manageable. Through the polytechnic course
and various clinical attachments in the hospitals,
I've found immense satisfaction in being able
to contribute to nursing the ill back to health
and providing comfort and support to patients
and their relatives. Of course, this satisfaction
often came with its moments of frustrations when
nurses are taken for granted at times by both
doctors and patients alike!
My chosen sponsor, NUH, has also provided me
with ample learning opportunity to explore the
myriad areas of nursing and enabled me to focus
eventually on intensive care nursing - my area
of interest, as I felt that I would be able to
contribute back to society most in that aspect.
Now that my course has just ended, and I'm about
to embark on this exciting new journey in critical
nursing, my hope is to play a part in increasing
the Singaporean public's perspective and awareness
that nursing is a critical profession that is
worthy of respect on its own.
My heartfelt thanks to NYP, WDA and NUH for giving
me this stepping stone to be a part of the nursing
profession. I look forward to many more fulfilling
years of working in this field with NUH.
Is An Art"
"Nursing is an art:
and if it is to be made an art,
It requires an exclusive devotion
as hard a preparation,
as any painter´s or sculptor´s
for what is the having to do with
dead canvas or dead marble,
compared with having to do
with the living body,
the temple of God´s spirit?
It is one of the Fine Arts:
I had almost said,
the finest of Fine Arts."
- Florence Nightingale