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|Serene Tan is a Senior Staff Nurse at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, a member of the National Healthcare Group (NHG).
Serene, what is your job scope like being a Senior Staff Nurse?
work in Tan Tock
as a Clinical
(CNE) on the neuroscience
I started as a
registered nurse in the neuroscience
general ward in
1999 and found
the work challenging
so I decided to
pursue an Advanced
Diploma in Neuroscience
worked in the Neuroscience Intensive
Care Unit till end of 2006 when
I decided to take up the post
of CNE. As a CNE, I find my
role challenging as I not only
look after patients but also
work with nurse leaders in the
wards to supervise clinical nursing practices and to ensure that
standards are met.
What do you enjoy most about being a nurse?
I am able to witness improvements in my patients' condition and their eventual rehabilitation back to health.
also always enjoy working
with my nursing supervisors in addressing
and improving quality and
safety within the wards so
that we are able to provide
inspiring to see new nurses
develop from a novice to an
and who successfully become
good mentors and teachers to the juniors. I am glad
that nurses have a wide Nurses'
Career Progression path and
abundant opportunities for
them to specialize in the
areas of their choice and
Overall, I am happy to be a nurse because it has molded me into a stronger person - both mentally and emotionally.
|What challenges do you face as a nurse?
challenges that we face
include having to ensure
adequate skilled nursing staff to meet the needs
ageing population, and
providing quality healthcare
in the face of escalating
costs and public demands.
must constantly keep
abreast of the latest medical knowledge and technology
in the healthcare
What qualities does a nurse need to be able to provide effective healthcare?
A good nurse, in my opinion, needs to have good intellectual and emotional quotient.
To be a nurse that is professional and respected, one also needs to be a team player and to always go beyond the call of duty to attend to patients and their families.
What are your plans for the future?
Next January, I will be studying full-time for a Master of Nursing at the National University of Singapore, a programme sponsored by my employer, Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
Obtaining my Master of Nursing will enable me to achieve my next goal - to be an Advance Practice Nurse (APN). I'm looking forward to this as it will equip me with knowledge and skills that will help me apply best practices and assume clinical leadership in the delivery of holistic care to patients.
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