Living out her drama dreams

Living out her drama dreams

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Entry requirements to register with the Singapore Nursing Board and practise as a Registered Nurse:

Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing) from Ngee Ann Polytechnic or Diploma in Nursing from Nanyang Polytechnic

The entry grade of a Registered Nurse is Staff Nurse II (SN II).

As part of the Diploma curriculum, the nursing students must undergo clinical attachments in various local hospitals.

Career prospects:

Following SN II would be SN I, then Senior Staff Nurse II (SSN II), SSN I and Assistant Nurse Clinician/Assistant Nurse Educator (ANC/ANE).

JurongHealth is the only public healthcare cluster that offers this ANC/ANE career path to prepare the nurses for the next grade, Nurse Clinician/Nurse Educator, which is a managerial grade.

Nurses can choose from three specialisations/career tracks - Clinical, Management or Education.

Reel-life medicine inspired Miss Marie Kaylin Wong, 19, to give her best shot at being a real-life nurse.

A large part of her TV staple while growing up consisted of medical dramas.

She said: "I was a big fan of ER and more recently, Grey's Anatomy. What struck me about these shows was how motivated and passionate the nurses were in providing physical and emotional comfort to patients.

"The doctors may take centrestage, both on TV and in real life, but nurses also play an important role in healthcare.

"Nurses have to know the anatomy (of the human body) and medical instruments almost as well as any doctor, because the pace of work can get very frenetic at times and a nurse needs to be knowledgeable enough to make quick decisions."

This is a creed Miss Wong takes to heart in her current role as a Staff Nurse II at the Major Operating Theatre (MOT) in Alexandra Hospital (AH).

She enjoys hanging out with her friends, shopping and watching TV - which, of course, includes lots of medical dramas.

But on the job, she has her game face on. One of her primary duties is scrubbing up the MOT after each operation and ensuring that it stays sterile for the next one.

She said: "The MOT is not very big, so donning my scrubs and cleaning the operating theatre takes about half an hour.

But if someone accidentally brushes against my shoulder, even if just for a split second, I have to start from scratch.

"After an operation, we also have to count all the gauze and needles used during the surgery.

"It may sound tedious, but if even one is unaccounted for, this might mean that the gauze could have been left inside the patient or in the MOT, which could compromise patient safety."

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