Award-winning nurse inspired by experience of caring for her ailing father

Ms Nasah Sohor (right), 53, won the first prize for the Tan Chin Tuan Nursing Award - the highest local accolade for enrolled nurses, while Ms Sylvia Jani, 66, won the third prize on Tuesday (Nov 22).
Ms Nasah Sohor (right), 53, won the first prize for the Tan Chin Tuan Nursing Award - the highest local accolade for enrolled nurses, while Ms Sylvia Jani, 66, won the third prize on Tuesday (Nov 22). ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

When she was just 11 years old, Ms Nasah Sohor's father died in his sleep of a heart condition.

Having taken care of him alongside her mother for six months left a deep impression on the little girl.

"I gained a passion for nursing because of that experience; I wanted to take care of other people," said Ms Nasah, now a 53-year-old principal enrolled nurse.

In her 30 years at the Singapore General Hospital's (SGH) Department of Emergency Medicine, Ms Nasah has gone above and beyond her duty to help patients.

"When an elderly patient had a fractured arm, I went to her home to teach her how to take care of the fracture and how to change the dressing," she said.

Her work also inspired her eldest daughter, 26, to become a staff nurse at SGH.

On Tuesday (Nov 22), Ms Nasah won the first prize for the Tan Chin Tuan Nursing Award-the highest local accolade for enrolled nurses here.

She received a Challenge Trophy, a gold medallion and a $3,500 cash prize to be used for training.

Nine other enrolled nurses also received awards.

The nearly 9,000 enrolled nurses here support registered nurses, assessing and monitoring patients' conditions, carrying out treatment, as well as educating patients and caregivers.

Enrolled nurses can become registered nurses by obtaining a Nursing Diploma from Nanyang Polytechnic or Ngee Ann Polytechnic or a degree in Nursing.

Third prize winner Sylvia Jani, 66, has been with Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital for more than 40 years.

Like Ms Nasah, she was moved by caring for her dying mother to become a nurse, going against her father's wishes.

"Most of the patients don't have relatives visit them...I treat them like my own family, so when they pass away, I feel like part of me is also gone," she said.

Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor presented the awards at the National University of Singapore Society (NUSS) Kent Ridge Guild House yesterday.

The Tan Chin Tuan Nursing Award was set up in memory of the late banker and philanthropist Tan Chin Tuan 10 years ago. More than 90 enrolled nurses have received it.