Ed­u­ca­tion in care­giv­ing

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(From left) Sun­way Med­i­cal Cen­tre chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Dr Khoo Chow Huat, Sun­way Group Health­care Ser­vices manag­ing di­rec­tor Lau Beng Long, Sun­way Group founder and chair­man Tan Sri Dr Jef­frey Cheah, UTAR pres­i­dent Prof Dr Chuah Hean Teik and UTAR In­ter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion and Aca­demic Devel­op­ment vice-pres­i­dent Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat at the Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing sign­ing cer­e­mony. THE Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing (Hons) pro­gramme in Univer­siti Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man (UTAR) is de­signed to pre­pare stu­dents for their roles as reg­is­tered nurses in in­creas­ingly mul­ti­fac­eted health­care sce­nar­ios lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The stu­dents are ex­posed to le­gal, eth­i­cal and pro­fes­sional is­sues. This is in line with the pro­gramme’s aim to equip stu­dents with a strong foun­da­tion in the prin­ci­ples, the­o­ries and prac­tices of mod­ern nurs­ing.

The learn­ing process is con­ducted us­ing the lat­est in­no­va­tions in nurs­ing ed­u­ca­tion with em­pha­sis on ev­i­dence­based prac­tices. Ex­ten­sive mul­ti­me­dia, skills lab­o­ra­to­ries and li­brary re­sources are avail­able to sup­port stu­dents in in­de­pen­dent study.

UTAR also cre­ates an en­vi­ron­ment con­ducive to learn­ing by pro­vid­ing sim­u­la­tion wards and skills lab­o­ra­to­ries equipped with sim­u­la­tion mod­els. This em­pow­ers stu­dents to gain con­fi­dence and pre­pare be­fore com­menc­ing their clin­i­cal post­ing.

“Nurses are the pil­lar of the health­care sys­tem, pro­vid­ing care that en­ables us to live healthy long lives. The knowl­edge and power to help heal oth­ers is what keeps them go­ing in chal­leng­ing times,” says head of the nurs­ing depart­ment Liew Siew Fun.

The pro­gramme is fa­cil­i­tated by a team of aca­demic staff who are highly ex­pe­ri­enced in their re­spec­tive fields. The pro­gramme’s in­dus­try ad­vi­sors and ex­ter­nal ex­am­in­ers hail from Sin­ga­pore and Hong Kong.

These ex­perts pos­sess years of ex­pe­ri­ence and are con­stantly re­view­ing UTAR’s nurs­ing syl­labus and ex­am­i­na­tion pa­pers to en­sure qual­ity and in­ter­na­tional stan­dards are met. All this thor­ough plan­ning al­lows the stu­dents to ac­quire the knowl­edge and skills to be com­pe­tent reg­is­tered nurses who can pro­vide care across age groups in var­i­ous health­care set­tings.

Fur­ther­more, stu­dents gain their ex­pe­ri­ence of nurs­ing care de­liv­ery in pub­lic and pri­vate hospi­tals as well as com­mu­nity health clin­ics. They are su­per­vised by clin­i­cal aca­demi­cians to fa­cil­i­tate and mon­i­tor learn­ing.

The learn­ing process is con­ducted us­ing the lat­est in­no­va­tions in nurs­ing ed­u­ca­tion with em­pha­sis on ev­i­dence-based prac­tices.

A note­wor­thy ex­am­ple that tes­ti­fied the ex­cel­lence of UTAR’s Fac­ulty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) nurs­ing pro­gramme is the achievement of grad­u­ate An­gela Ong Yoke Fong, who ob­tained a dis­tinc­tion in the Malaysian Nurs­ing Board Reg­is­tra­tion Ex­am­i­na­tion in De­cem­ber last year.

She cred­ited her suc­cess to the re­vi­sion classes con­ducted by the FMHS nurs­ing depart­ment lec­tur­ers for they had given her guid­ance in an­swer­ing the ques­tions con­fi­dently.

In a bid to boost its nurs­ing pro­gramme, UTAR also sealed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing with Sun­way Med­i­cal Cen­tre Sdn Bhd in Au­gust last year for fu­ture col­lab­o­ra­tions in ad­vanc­ing nurs­ing ed­u­ca­tion and cre­at­ing ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties, as well as joint ef­forts such as ca­reer fairs, con­fer­ences, re­cruit­ment drives, health sem­i­nars, talks, work­shops and ex­hi­bi­tions to ben­e­fit both par­ties and the pub­lic.

One way the univer­sity stim­u­lates ex­cel­lence is by pro­vid­ing schol­ar­ships to stu­dents with out­stand­ing aca­demic per­for­mance to pur­sue their foun­da­tion and un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes.

The univer­sity also cur­rently of­fers nurs­ing schol­ar­ships to qual­i­fied can­di­dates who are in­ter­ested in the pro­gramme. Se­lected can­di­dates will study the pro­gramme full-time at the Sun­gai Long Cam­pus.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 05-468 8888 (Kam­par Cam­pus) or 03 9086 0288 (Sun­gai Long Cam­pus) or visit www.utar.edu.my.

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