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JCH Healthcare Assistant Mr Ilandari Deva Nishantha honoured for going beyond the call of duty
02 Aug 2021

Jurong Community Hospital's (JCH) Healthcare Assistant Mr Ilandari Deva Nishantha always pays close attention to his patients' needs, and is able to connect with unresponsive or uncommunicative patients. Displaying outstanding patience and often going beyond the call of duty, Nishantha also offers help to his patients who face issues settling back at home after discharge. He recently received the Exemplary Service Excellence Award at the Public Sector Transformation Awards 2021 for his outstanding service. 

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Assistant Nurse Clinician Ms Tomomi Ogura from NUH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
01 Aug 2021

​Assistant Nurse Clinician Ms Tomomi Ogura from NUH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit said what makes her job rewarding is knowing that she is helping the sick, something that she knew she wanted to do since she was young. She said: “That’s the main thing – I feel very satisfied because this job is really about helping people.”  She is one of the 125 nurses who were presented the Nurses’ Merit Award by the Ministry of Health this year in 2021.

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Ms Margaret Lee, Chief Nurse, Alexandra Hospital
15 Jul 2021

Ms Margaret Lee, Chief Nurse, Alexandra Hospital (AH) started a system at the hospital that allows nurses to take the lead in caring for certain groups of patients, such as those who are undergoing certain treatments, those in rehabilitation, and patients who are almost ready to be discharged. Last year, when COVID-19 measures led to restrictions in hospital visiting, many elderly patients at AH were left without caregivers by their side. CN Margaret is now piloting a project in which caregivers are involved in the patient's hospital care. 

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Pregnant nurse went extra mile for patients
18 Jun 2021
The National University Health System (NUHS) Regional Health System (RHS) CareHub Staff Nurse Rafidah Rosman was featured in The Sunday Times’ Mother’s Day special on mothers who work on the front-line during the pandemic. When the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak hit Singapore, Rafidah became worried that her vulnerable and elderly patients would not be able to care for themselves. Despite being heavily pregnant, she continued working until the day before she gave birth.

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The Ophthalmologist's Power List 2021
05 Apr 2021
Heartiest congratulations to Prof Saw Seang Mei, NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH) and A/Prof Chelvin Sng, Department of Ophthalmology, National University Hospital (NUH) for making The Ophthalmologist's Power List 2021! This year's Power List celebrates the most influential female figures in ophthalmology - as nominated by their readers and whittled down by an international panel of judges to the final 100.

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Nurses reflect on their experiences in new book
03 Apr 2021
A new book, Missy Reflections, was launched by Alexandra Hospital (AH) on 31 March 2021. Featuring 61 reflections from 55 nurses, AH nurses conceived, wrote and edited the book while the hospital’s medical board chairman, Associate Professor Khoo See Meng, provided the illustrations. The book’s creation was led by chief nurse Margaret Lee. She said, “As nurses, we are in a privileged position to connect with people from all walks of life in the course of our work. Lessons come alive in our practice environment through the patients we care for, the caregivers we support and the colleagues from all job groups we collaborate with in the service of health and healthcare.” Ms Lee hopes the book will allow the public to understand more about the nursing profession.

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Terdorong jadi doktor lihat bapa sebulan di hospital (Driven to be a doctor after father’s month-long stay in the hospital)
02 Apr 2021
Dr Muhammad Fadzil Bin Kamarudin, House Officer at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), related how his father’s brain haemorrhage and subsequent month-long hospitalisation when he was 14 years old served as the motivation for him become a doctor. The graduate of the NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine decided that he wanted to use his knowledge as a doctor to help patients and admits that while it can be challenging, he is determined to do his best for each patient.

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Keeping Cool Under Pressure
01 Apr 2021
Ms Sarah Tan, Radiographer, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), was featured by The Straits Times for her involvement in COVID-19 frontline operations where she was part of a team performing about 200 chest X-rays daily. The MOH Holdings’ Healthcare Merit Scholarship recipient pushed past her fears with the encouragement of her parents and cites being on the frontline for strengthening her commitment to healthcare.

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防疫周年:疫情时怀孕生子 医生遗憾无法上前线 (COVID anniversary: Expecting during the pandemic – doctor regretted not being able to go to the frontline)
31 Mar 2021
Channel 8's Hello Singapore featured Dr Alicia Ang, Senior Resident, Infectious Diseases Division, National University Hospital (NUH), who was pregnant during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. As she was unable to go to the frontline while heavily pregnant, she had contributed by joining the National University Health System's (NUHS) voluntary efforts to develop educational materials for migrant workers. While she inevitably had some fears as an expectant mother, her sense of mission and family support kept her going during the pandemic.

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一路有你:医生夫妻并肩同行 “病患教会我们体谅” (A Journey Together series: Husband and wife doctor duo side by side – "patients teach us about empathy")
30 Mar 2021
Dr Lim Er Luen, Senior Consultant, Emergency Medicine Department, National University Hospital (NUH), and Dr Lee Shir Ying, Senior Consultant, Department of Haematology-Oncology, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) & Department of Laboratory Medicine, National University Hospital (NUH), shared how they met each other at work and how their work as doctors and patient care have been central to their relationship. They also shared how the COVID-19 pandemic affected their family life and tips to maintain a healthy relationship.

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Juggling books and business
29 Mar 2021
Ms Gheslynn Gerald, undergraduate student at NUS Medicine, joined two of her schoolmates from Victoria Junior College to raise funds and start a non-profit jewellery business nbwu ("and be with you") during the circuit breaker. Profits from the business are donated to organisations such as the National Council of Social Service and Migrant Workers’ Centre.

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'Humbling experience' for NUS undergrad who rallied 94 students to work at frontlines, now awarded for efforts
28 Mar 2021
Mr Ainsley Ryan Lee, Year 3 medical student at NUS Medicine, was one of the five winners of the Leader of Good award presented by President Halimah Yacob at the President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards 2020. He spearheaded several initiatives that allowed fellow students to help in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore. He also coordinated volunteers and raised money for three hospitals in China, among other projects.

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Still dedicated to changing lives, even after all these years
27 Mar 2021
61-year-old Nurse Manager Ms Letchimi Muthusamy said that the role of a nurse has greatly evolved since she started in 1977. Now, as the nurse lead for the Women’s Health Service Community Practice under National University Polyclinics (NUP), Letchimi works to increase the uptake of pap smear and HPV tests, as well as chronic disease screening. She is honoured to receive this year’s Nurses’ Merit Award and wants to keep going, keen to pass on her knowledge to the next generation of nurses.

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Bouncing back from SARS with more love for nursing
26 Mar 2021
Ms Noor Melati Ahmad, Nurse Clinician, National University Hospital (NUH), and Ms Pauline Chong, Senior Nurse Clinician, Alexandra Hospital (AH), who contracted SARS in 2003. They share about their SARS experience and recovery journey, what it’s like fighting COVID-19 on the frontline, and how they combat stress and stay positive.

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SARS survivor helps tend to potential Covid-19 patients
25 Mar 2021
As a consultant emergency physician at the National University Hospital (NUH), Dr Ong Pei Yuin has had to tend to potential Covid-19 patients.

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Dad and daughter go into nursing together
24 Mar 2021
The article profiles Mr Joshua Liew, 49, an ex-lecturer who made a mid-career switch into nursing by enrolling in NUS Medicine’s Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (NUS Nursing) 2-year Bachelor of Science (Nursing) programme offered under the Professional Conversion Programme for Registered Nurses (Degree).

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Off-duty nurse gets SCDF award for saving man with cardiac arrest
23 Mar 2021
Just three days after she downloaded the myResponder application, Ms Rubio Franchesca Santos, Senior Staff Nurse, National University Hospital (NUH), helped to save a man’s life after she was alerted to his collapse near Boon Lay MRT station on 27 September 2020.

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Helping patients who lose sight to see through new eyes
22 Mar 2021
National University Hospital (NUH) ocularist Suriya Abu Waled has made eye prostheses for more than 200 patients in the last 14 years helping them to boost their self-confidence and enable them to lead their lives normally.

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Arwah ibu jadi inspirasi, pendorong jadi jururawat (Late mother was her inspiration and motivation to become a nurse)
21 Mar 2021
Healthcare Humanity Award (HHA) 2020 recipient, Principal Enrolled Nurse Norhashimah Hashim was inspired by the dedication and great care of the nurses who had taken care of her late mother who had lung cancer and she is motivated to do the same in her care for patients. She has served in Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) for more than six years and is responsible for caring for patients before and after surgery. During this Covid-19 pandemic, she had also been assigned to care for infected patients. She had to do this during Ramadan, which made her job more challenging, but was touched by the positive attitude of the foreign workers, some of whom are Muslims. She gave them gifts in the form of dates, prayer rugs and snacks, donated from family and friends. "I am happy to contribute back after what they have done for the development of our country," she said. She also volunteers her time overseas and helps with schools in Indonesia and Cambodia. "My late mother had taught me to always give more than I receive," she added. She was among 95 individuals who received the HHA from MOH.

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Inspired by nursing care of his ailing parents, ex-civil servant switches to growing healthcare sector
20 Mar 2021
Mid-career nursing student Mr Zahid Rahmat joined the second batch of the Professional Conversion Programme for registered nurses at NUS Medicine’s Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (NUS Nursing) in 2019. He has always admired nurses for their steadfast dedication to their profession since he was young and decided to make a career switch after seeing how the nurses cared for his parents when they were hospitalised. He said the nurses’ care for his parents had inspired him to want to show the same level of care to others and make a difference in their lives.

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Selfless heart, service mindset
20 Mar 2021
Healthcare Humanity Award (HHA) 2020 recipient Senior Staff Nurse Mdm Kamala D/O Velu, shares her experience working as a community nurse and efforts in volunteering which has opened her eyes to the frail, alone and depressed elderly living with complex social issues. She recognises the need for more befrienders and community volunteers to come forward to help the needy. She feels there is a need to go back to old kampong life and to engage the public to support each other. She also shared that it is important to create public awareness on community nursing and allied health services at home to prevent unnecessary Emergency Department (ED) visits. Kamala was previously with the National University Health System's (NUHS) Regional Health System Office community nursing team. She is now with Ng Teng Fong General Hospital's (NTFGH) ED.

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仁心护士义工 (Kind-hearted nurse volunteer)
19 Mar 2021
One of the 2020 Healthcare Humanity Awardees is Ms Chee Wan Lin, Senior Staff Nurse, Choa Chu Kang Polyclinic, National University Polyclinics (NUP), who actively volunteers outside of work. She shared about her volunteer work and what motivates her to continue volunteering.

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当医生患癌…… (When a doctor gets cancer)
19 Mar 2021
Dr Daniel Kwek, Senior Consultant, Psychiatry, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), discusses the struggles and life lessons he has gleamed from his personal cancer journey, and shares coping tips for cancer sufferers in this article based off a talk organised by 365 Cancer Prevention Society.

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Her World honours 8 women in virus fight
18 Mar 2021
Eight women who have played a significant role in Singapore’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic were honoured with Her World’s Women Of The Year award yesterday. This includes Ms Katherine Leong, Assistant Director of Nursing, National University Hospital (NUH), who led a team that helped set up the Tuas South community care facility for patients with mild or no symptoms. This is the first time the magazine is recognising a collective group of women in its annual awards.

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Four social workers honoured for their efforts
16 Mar 2021
Ms Lim Boon Chee, Principal Medical Social Worker, Medical Social Services, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), received the Outstanding Social Worker Award 2020 in a virtual ceremony held yesterday, for her tireless efforts in helping vulnerable groups in Singapore and overseas. The award is the highest accolade given to social workers for their exemplary achievements in serving the community.

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Future of nursing: As architects of care for an ageing population
15 Mar 2021
Adjunct A/Prof Yong Keng Kwang of NUS Medicine’s Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (NUS Nursing) shared his retrospective as a veteran nurse and how he has seen the growth of nursing as a profession.

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More making mid-career switch to nursing
14 Mar 2021
Mr Nigel Leong who is expected to graduate from NUS Medicine’s Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (NUS Nursing) in 2022 is one of the 18 participants of Workforce Singapore’s Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for Registered Nurses who have been sponsored by SingHealth Community Hospital. The former regional quality manager at a multinational company tendered his resignation and took a significant pay cut to join the PCP for Registered Nurses (Degree) in April 2020. He decided to make the switch to nursing to contribute back to society.

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Nursing gives Suresh purpose in life
13 Mar 2021
Tabla! featured Mr Suresh Rajasekaram’s story, a National University Hospital (NUH) nurse at the Intensive Care Unit who had gone astray during his teenage years and underwent a transformation when he studied nursing at ITE. He worked his way into Ngee Ann Polytechnic and NUS Medicine’s Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (NUS Nursing) where he graduated with a near-first class honours CAP score of 4.48. He shared his take on his work, his advice to youths, and his hope of pursuing a doctorate in nursing.

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NUS Nursing faculty member receives prestigious fellowship
12 Mar 2021
A/Prof Wang Wenru, a faculty member from the NUS Medicine’s Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (NUS Nursing) has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. In an interview with the Straits Times, A/Prof Wang shared that she is currently studying a new model of care where cardiac rehabilitation is carried out in patients’ home through mobile devices and wireless sensors. The new model will build on a four-week home rehabilitation programme she helped design in 2015. The programme, which has been updated over the years, is being used in National University Hospital (NUH).

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Nurse mother inspires child to follow in her career path
11 Mar 2021
Staff Nurse Nadiah Nadirah Binte Hussen, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), shares how her mother, Assistant Nurse Clinician Maznah Binte Marmin’s passion inspired her to join nursing, and seeing the challenges her mother went through has deepened her respect for her mother.

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The women on the front line in NUH’s battle against coronavirus
10 Mar 2021
The coronavirus outbreak in Singapore is not showing any signs of letting up. The same goes for the women at the forefront of the battle at the National University Hospital (NUH).

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Being A Nurse Means…
09 Mar 2021
Ms Julia Law, a senior staff nurse at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), was interviewed in this Nurses' Day feature on her core values and what she loves about her job. She says that often patients only need a listening ear and someone whom they can confide in who is willing to support them, and encourages fellow nurses to give their best when caring for their patients and "not be daunted by the challenges that we may face at work."

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Caring for her father inspired PhD graduate to take on nursing
08 Mar 2021
The article profiles Ms Juliet Choo, a PhD graduate and ex-educator, who made a mid-career switch into Nursing by enrolling in NUS Medicine’s Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (NUS Nursing)'s 2-year Bachelor of Science (Nursing) programme offered under the Professional Conversion Programme for Registered Nurses (Degree).

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Nurses' Day: Those on the Covid-19 front line share their experiences
07 Mar 2021
For many nurses, the past seven months have been the most challenging they have experienced, as they battled on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic. This Nurses’ Day, The Straits Times speaks to some of them including Ms Katherine Leong, Assistant Director of Nursing, National University Hospital (NUH) and Mr Nathanael Tan, Senior Staff Nurse, Emergency Medicine Department, NUH, about their experiences.

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国大医学组织医护人员给予客工病患物资和心灵支持 (NUHS staff provide migrant patients with essential items and emotional support)
06 Mar 2021
Channel 8's Hello Singapore highlighted Project CLOVE (Call to Love) and the Befrienders and Ambassadors for Inpatient (BAI) initiatives, noting that staff from the National University Health System (NUHS) had gone beyond the call of duty and launched several ground-up initiatives aimed at providing migrant patients with essential items and emotional support.

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Pregnant nurse saves man who had cardiac arrest
05 Mar 2021
Ms Claudia Tan, Advanced Practice Nurse (Intern) at the National University Hospital (NUH) acute medical unit was in the third trimester of her pregnancy when she helped to save her neighbour’s life after he had a cardiac arrest.

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Five nurses get highest honour for outstanding work
04 Mar 2021
Five persons received the President’s Award for Nurses this year for their outstanding performance and contributions, including Ms Tay Yee Kian, 51, assistant director of nursing and advanced practice nurse at National University Health System’s Regional Health System Office. Ms Tay, who became a nurse at National University Hospital (NUH) in 1989, said training and mentoring young nurses have always been her passion. Armed with 25 years of in-patient nursing experience, she joined the National University Health System's (NUHS) Regional Health System Office in 2014 to set up a community nursing unit. She now leads a team of over 50 to develop community nursing in the western part of Singapore and has also led her community nursing team to supervise the operational set-up for Covid-19 swab testing at nursing homes and at the dormitories.

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100 nurses honoured for their exceptional performance
03 Mar 2021
Beyond providing medical care and support to patients while they are in the hospital, Assistant Nurse Clinician Antoinette Goh from the National University Health System's (NUHS) Regional Health Office wants to help them continue to stay healthy after their discharge to reduce the possibility of readmission. Outside of work, she volunteers at nursing homes and hospices and is a regular humanitarian trips to Cambodia, where she helps to set up mobile medical clinics and teaches first aid to the communities there. Antoinette is one of the 100 nurses presented with the yearly Nurses’ Merit Award by MOH yesterday.

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Fighting SARS made her stronger
02 Mar 2021
Ms Prema Balan, Deputy Director of Nursing (Education), Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), shares her experience and reflections while working as a frontliner during the 2003 SARS outbreak, and how it has made her a stronger person.

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Doc stayed away from family to volunteer at dorms
01 Mar 2021
Dr Chen Yongsheng, Consultant, Orthopaedic Surgery, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), shares that providing care to the migrant workers staying at the dormitories was a natural choice, even if it means having to live apart from his family to keep them safe from the virus.

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2021/08/19

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