Ex­plor­ing a ca­reer in nurs­ing

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Higher Education -

NURS­ING is a time-tested pro­fes­sion that is highly re­spected in many de­vel­oped na­tions. To be­come a nurse, one must not only be skilled and knowl­edge­able but also have the right at­ti­tude and core val­ues to serve and care for those who are un­able to care for them­selves.

Ni­lai Univer­sity School of Nurs­ing head Olive Louisa Lopez does not mince her words and stresses that she con­stantly re­minds stu­dents that they must ap­proach nurs­ing with their heart and mind. The univer­sity’s School of Nurs­ing dis­plays and up­holds this motto earnestly.

Carrie Chin Jia Wen and Lareina Chang Ku­uan Yi, both grad­u­ates of the Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Nurs­ing (Hons) in 2015, hold on to this sound ad­vice un­til to­day and carry out their pro­fes­sional du­ties with ded­i­ca­tion and care.

Hav­ing work­ing at a hos­pi­tal in Sin­ga­pore for over two years, Chin and Chang are now pur­su­ing a Masters in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion at Ni­lai Univer­sity.

Do you have what it takes to be a nurse? You can de­velop the skills needed along the way. Af­ter all, hav­ing tal­ent alone does not guar­an­tee suc­cess.

A pos­i­tive out­look and the will­ing­ness to sharpen one’s gifts over time is what helps to se­cure suc­cess and ful­fil­ment.

“It takes time to de­velop em­pa­thy. First and fore­most, one should have sym­pa­thy and be an ac­tive lis­tener,” ad­vised Chin.

“Be­ing a nurse is re­ward­ing and ful­fill­ing as it is also tir­ing. It takes some time to un­wind af­ter duty. Watch­ing a good movie helps me re­lax af­ter work,” she added.

“Al­ways be cu­ri­ous. Do not set lim­its, but be aware of bound­aries. Ex­plore all ar­eas of nurs­ing. Try to un­der­stand more about a pa­tient’s con­di­tion. An­a­lyse why cer­tain pro­ce­dures are para­mount,” said Chang.

She added that “when se­lect­ing a univer­sity to study nurs­ing, choose one that has good lec­tur­ers as they can ig­nite the stu­dents’ pas­sion to learn”.

Ideal­is­ti­cally, Chang hopes that more moth­ers who are nurses will pass on the torch to their chil­dren so that re­tired nurses will have bet­ter geri­atric care. Older nurses will re­tire, and it would be ideal to have a suf­fi­cient num­ber of younger nurses to fill this gap.

In an ar­ti­cle pub­lished by

The Star on June 4, Health Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Dzulke­fly Ah­mad said Malaysia lacked nurses, given that the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s op­ti­mum num­ber is one nurse per 200 pa­tients.

The nurs­ing pro­fes­sion will never go out of style and will con­tinue to of­fer qual­i­fied nurses sta­ble em­ploy­ment with op­por­tu­ni­ties to ven­ture over­seas.

Some alumni of Ni­lai Univer­sity’s Nurs­ing School have taken on es­tab­lished po­si­tions in Sin­ga­pore, Aus­tralia, Saudi Ara­bia and the United States.

Ni­lai Univer­sity offers the Diploma in Nurs­ing and the Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence (Hons) in Nurs­ing.

The for­mer is a three-year pro­gramme, while the lat­ter is a fouryear pro­gramme.

Ni­lai Univer­sity and sev­eral pri­vate hos­pi­tals also of­fer­ing par­tial and full schol­ar­ships or spon­sor­ships.

Stu­dents who wish to ap­ply for schol­ar­ships or spon­sor­ships can visit Ni­lai Univer­sity’s Schol­ar­ship Day on June 29 and 30.

The ed­u­ca­tion coun­sel­lors will guide, as­sess and as­sist stu­dents to make an ap­pli­ca­tion.

To make an ap­point­ment, call 06-850 2308 or visit www.ni­lai.edu. my or visit the cam­pus in Ni­lai.

Ni­lai Univer­sity is open seven days a week ex­cept on public hol­i­days. Ask for a cam­pus tour or sched­ule to meet the ex­pe­ri­enced lec­tur­ers from the School Of Nurs­ing.

Chin (left) and Chang grad­u­ated from ni­lai univer­sity with a Bach­e­lor of sci­ence in nurs­ing (hons) in 2015.

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