We thank the writers for their letters on the role of nurses (Nurses can conduct health screenings, consultations, by Ms Chua Yee Leen, June 14; Change mindsets on nurses' roles, by Miss Lee Kay Yan, June 17; Consider a bridging course for nurses to become doctors, by Mr Lim Chee Khiam, June 19; Consider giving community nurses more perks, by Mr Ian Sim Mong Seng, July 1).
Our nurses form the backbone of the healthcare system, and given the growing healthcare needs, they are set to take on bigger, more diverse and more complex care roles in the future.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has put in place career progression pathways and training opportunities for our nurses over the years.
Advancements in nursing education have also enabled our nurses to develop themselves professionally and take on expanded roles, such as providing first responder interventions, patient and caregiver education, and specialised nursing treatment.
Nurses with strong clinical abilities are also encouraged to pursue a Master of Nursing to become certified Advanced Practice Nurses, and work collaboratively with doctors and other healthcare professionals to provide advanced nursing care to patients with acute and chronic conditions.
With the push to develop community nursing in Singapore, nurses can benefit from more career opportunities across the acute and community care settings.
Through structured career and training pathways in community nursing, our community nurses can take on diverse roles in improving population health and well-being.
These include providing preventive care in community health posts, helping patients transit smoothly from hospital to home, and managing end-of-life care.
The MOH will continue to work with our partners to enhance public awareness of nurses' roles and attract more people to join the nursing profession through our outreach and publicity efforts.
Lee May Lin (Ms)
Director, Communications and Engagement Group
Ministry of Health