Harnessing Gen-y traits for nursing
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.