Har­ness­ing Gen-y traits for nurs­ing

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - EDUCATION GUIDE -

WHEN it comes to nurs­ing, what is one of the big­gest chal­lenges that a stu­dent nurse faces? Ac­cord­ing to the stu­dents, it is the amount of learn­ing in­volved. Ac­cord­ing to UCSI Univer­sity School of Nurs­ing head As­soc Prof Jeya Devi Coomarasamy, stu­dents who en­rol in nurs­ing gen­er­ally are in­ter­ested in the care­giv­ing as­pect of it.

“The ‘clash’ hap­pens when they dis­cover we make them learn a lot of med­i­cal knowl­edge,” says Prof Jeya.

Ini­tially, the stu­dents also find the school’s fo­cus on the process of learn­ing rather than mem­o­ris­ing facts chal­leng­ing. This fo­cus pre­pares them to be life­long learn­ers.

Prof Jeya ex­plains, “It is more of a Gen-Y thing – stu­dents do not like be­ing bored and no longer pas­sively ac­cept in­for­ma­tion.”

Prof Jeya points out that stu­dents who have these char­ac­ter­is­tics – cu­ri­ous, out­go­ing and peo­ple-ori­ented – make ex­cel­lent nurses.

“We want our nurses to be crit­i­cal thinkers who are com­pe­tent and con­fi­dent to be the pa­tient’s ad­vo­cates.”

None­the­less, Prof Jeya ex­plains that be­cause nurs­ing in­ter­ven­tions have to be ev­i­dence-based, the science of nurs­ing is im­por­tant to de­liver the art of nurs­ing.

As such, UCSI’s School of Nurs­ing will not loosen its strin­gent and rig­or­ous aca­demic stan­dards, but is “us­ing the art to hook the stu­dents to the science of nurs­ing”.

This sees the aca­demic staff go­ing the ex­tra mile to link the­ory to prac­ti­cal hands-on prac­tices. This is in line with the univer­sity’s praxis ap­proach that ad­vo­cates the ap­pli­ca­tion of the­ory to prac­tice.

Stu­dents not only learn the the­ory but also ap­ply it in one of the nu­mer­ous welle­quipped fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Nurs­ing Clin­i­cal Skills Unit and Anatomy and Pathol­ogy Mu­seum. The Nurs­ing Clin­i­cal Skills Unit is par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar, as stu­dents can prac­tise on the many med­i­cal man­nequins, each with a dif­fer­ent func­tion.

Vetri­ivhel Suresh Ku­mar, a Di­ploma in Nurs­ing stu­dent, says, “It is bet­ter for us to ap­ply what we learn so we can see the im­pact of our ac­tions while un­der the watch­ful eyes of our lec­tur­ers,” he says as he ap­plies CPR on a man­nequin.

The stu­dents are also sent for max­i­mum clin­i­cal at­tach­ments. Both Cindy Chua and Chong Poh Li, Bach­e­lor (Hons) of Nurs­ing stu­dents, find this has made them grow as nurses and in­di­vid­u­als.

By con­stantly in­still­ing the drive to find out for them­selves how ev­ery sin­gle nurs­ing pro­ce­dure im­pacts the pa­tient, the school is groom­ing fu­ture nurses who will go the ex­tra mile – for their pa­tients and for their own ca­reer growth.

For the lat­ter, the School of Nurs­ing has fa­cil­i­tated its stu­dents and staff to par­tic­i­pate in and present pa­pers at in­ter­na­tional nurs­ing con­fer­ences, in­clud­ing the pres­ti­gious In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil of Nurses con­fer­ence.

The School of Nurs­ing re­cently or­gan­ised the first UCSI Univer­sity Nurs­ing Con­fer­ence themed “Nurs­ing Dilemma: The Miss­ing 6Cs”.

Held at UCSI’s Kuala Lumpur Cam­pus, the con­fer­ence saw re­spected names in nurs­ing from coun­tries such as New Zealand, Sin­ga­pore, Thai­land and Malaysia de­liver talks on some of the most press­ing is­sues in the pro­fes­sion.

All this is to en­able not only its stu­dents but also other nurses to learn from the lead­ing names in nurs­ing.

At the end of the day, be­ing a nurse is more than a pro­fes­sion, it is a pas­sion. Gen-Y has this pas­sion.

At UCSI Univer­sity’s School of Nurs­ing, this new gen­er­a­tion will be equipped with the ap­pro­pri­ate skills and best ex­pe­ri­ences to en­sure that their pas­sion brings them more suc­cess.

To find out more about UCSI Univer­sity’s School of Nurs­ing pro­grammes, call 03-9101 8882 or e-mail www.uc­si­u­ni­ver­sity.edu.my/ on­li­neen­quiry. Drop by its Open Day on Dec 14 and 15 (9am to 5pm).

UCSI lec­turer Ms Che (in white coat) point­ing out to nurs­ing stu­dents (from left) Cindy, Vetri­ivhel and Poh Li how a healthy baby’s fon­tanelle should feel like.

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