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Four bag Singapore's top award for nurses

Published on Jul 31, 2014 8:51 AM
 
(From left) Mr Yong Keng Kwang, Madam Ng Wai May, Madam Sim Lai Kiow and Ms Karen Koh received the President's Award for Nurses from President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the Istana yesterday. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Two days after a woman died in hospital following a heart attack, her children waited at a ward to thank Ms Karen Koh for the help she had given.

Until that point, Ms Koh, 38, had "never felt the higher calling to be a nurse". She had taken up a career in nursing as it married her interests in biomedical science and hospitality.

Yesterday, the advanced practice nurse at National University Hospital received the President's Award for Nurses from President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the Istana. Her achievements include setting up a clinical service that slashed the time that heart patients have to wait for an appointment from three months to one.

She was one of four recipients of the award, along with Madam Sim Lai Kiow, Madam Ng Wai May and Mr Yong Keng Kwang.

 
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