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More benefits rolled out for nurses in the public sector

Published on Aug 6, 2014 11:50 AM
A National University Hospital nurse (in blue uniform) cleaning a patient's wound as her fellow nurses watch. -- PHOTO: NUH

SINGAPORE - In a bid to attract and retain more nurses in public healthcare, the Health Ministry (MOH) is rolling out an extensive package of benefits for them.

These include more autonomy for senior nurses, generous pay increases, and greater opportunities for career development across the board.

These recommendations were proposed by the National Nursing Taskforce, and accepted by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Tuesday. They will be given to all nurses in public healthcare and MOH-supported intermediate and long-term care institutions.

Enrolled nurses from the Institutes of Technical Education previously had to have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 in order to apply to become registered nurses. This requirement has now been removed as many such nurses gain experience in the course of their career, said the Health Ministry on Tuesday.

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