Chang­ing the face of the nurs­ing pro­fes­sion

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“A NURSE? Why not a phar­ma­cist, doc­tor or any other jobs more suited for a man?” is the usual re­sponse a man may re­ceive should he say nurs­ing is his choice of ca­reer.

The stan­dard re­sponse poses no ob­sta­cle for two UCSI Univer­sity’s (UCSI) Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing (Hons) stu­dents – Daniel Chan Kian An and Rooney Saw Sze Wei – whose aim is to one day stand tall and proud among the coun­try’s lead­ing nurses.

The duo is among the many young men who have opted to en­ter the field of nurs­ing with their fe­male coun­ter­parts to do their part in the noble ser­vice, shed­ding a more pos­i­tive light on the cur­rent per­cep­tion on male nurses.

For Saw, his pas­sion be­gan when he was 17 years old.

He was heav­ily in­volved with the St John Am­bu­lance Malaysia Pe­nang med­i­cal team and pro­vided med­i­cal ser­vices to peo­ple from dif­fer­ent walks of life for two and a half years. It was then he dis­cov­ered his pas­sion in car­ing for the sick and needy.

“There are some things you can do that will make a huge dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives. Car­ing for peo­ple is one of them,” said Saw.

Echo­ing the same sen­ti­ment is Chan, who ar­gued that men make equally ex­cel­lent nurses and much of the nurs­ing pro­fes­sion re­quires phys­i­cal strength and stamina.

“Once, I saw three fe­male nurses strug­gling to lift a heavy pa­tient. Their job would have been so much eas­ier if there were more male nurses around,” said the UCSI Stu­dent Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion for­mer pres­i­dent as he re­called a hos­pi­tal ex­pe­ri­ence.

He stressed that a per­son’s gen­der should not de­fine how an in­di­vid­ual per­forms pro­fes­sion­ally.

“We should forgo the so­ci­etal stigma sur­round­ing male nurses. We can con­trib­ute per­fectly well to the health­care sys­tem too,” he said.

UCSI is the first pri­vate univer­sity to re­ceive a full ac­cred­i­ta­tion sta­tus from Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency (MQA) for the Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing (Hons) pro­gramme.

It is also recog­nised by Malaysia’s Pub­lic Ser­vice Depart­ment and ac­cepted by Nurs­ing Boards in many coun­tries.

That pi­o­neer­ing spirit con­tin­ues to in­spire an in­no­va­tive cur­ricu­lum that is care­fully de­signed to de­velop grad­u­ates who are well-pre­pared to make sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the health­care field.

On top of UCSI stu­dents hav­ing a 100% pass­ing rate for

There are some things you can do that will make a huge dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives. Car­ing for peo­ple is one of them.

the Malaysian Nurs­ing Board ex­am­i­na­tions, col­lab­o­ra­tions with lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties such as Deakin Univer­sity pro­vides an op­tion for grad­u­ates to pur­sue a Mas­ter of Pub­lic Health or Mas­ter of Health Pro­mo­tion in Aus­tralia.

Top nurs­ing stu­dents at UCSI also en­joy op­por­tu­ni­ties to be em­ployed by lead­ing hos­pi­tals in Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore, Saudi Ara­bia and the UK, among many oth­ers, through its ex­ten­sive univer­sity-in­dus­try part­ner­ship.

Upon grad­u­a­tion, Chan and Saw are set to be in the em­ploy­ment of Wood­land Hos­pi­tal in Sin­ga­pore – a new in­te­grated health­care com­plex sched­uled to be launched in 2022, which in­cludes an acute care hos­pi­tal, com­mu­nity hos­pi­tal and nurs­ing home. With over 4,000 com­pa­nies in the list of UCSI’s co­op­er­a­tive part­ners, this of­fers stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to chart their ca­reer tra­jec­tory with some of the most pres­ti­gious names in the in­dus­try.

The Nurs­ing pro­gramme’s al­lure is fur­ther boosted by UCSI’s na­tional and global stand­ing. The univer­sity is clas­si­fied in Tier 5 – the high­est rank­ing re­ceived by uni­ver­si­ties in Malaysia — in the Se­tara rat­ing ex­er­cise, con­ducted by the MQA.

It is also one of the few Malaysian pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties to be ranked in the top 350 of the QS Asian Univer­sity Rank­ings for two years in a row.

This is a re­sult of its in­creas­ing re­search out­put, in­ter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion and af­fil­i­a­tions with renowned uni­ver­si­ties such as Har­vard Univer­sity, Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don, the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne and more.

UCSI is also in the midst of build­ing Malaysia’s first pri­vate teach­ing hos­pi­tal at Springhill, Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan. The hos­pi­tal, which will host 1,000 beds, is set to turn Springhill into a vi­brant hub of health­care and learn­ing.

■ To find out more about UCSI Univer­sity’s Fac­ulty of Medicine and Health Sciences, call 03-9101 8882 or e-mail www.uc­si­u­ni­ver­ on­li­neen­quiry.

UCSI’s Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing stu­dents Daniel Chan (stand­ing, right) and Rooney Saw (stand­ing, left) are de­ter­mined to join their fe­male coun­ter­parts in the nurs­ing field and do their part in the noble ser­vice.

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