In appreciation of Singapore's nurses

Nurse Manager Mo Minyi and Senior Healthcare Assistant Vasanthi Kumarasamy with patients at Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s Communicable Disease Centre garden, created in 2010 to help patients feel at home. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Nurse Manager Mo Minyi and Senior Healthcare Assistant Vasanthi Kumarasamy with patients at Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s Communicable Disease Centre garden, created in 2010 to help patients feel at home. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
(From left) Enrolled nurse Nurul Naziyanty Mohamed Nasir, senior staff nurse Josephine Chan and staff nurse Revathi Renganathan of Alexandra Hospital celebrating patient Nai Choong Ui’s birthday. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
(From left) Enrolled nurse Nurul Naziyanty Mohamed Nasir, senior staff nurse Josephine Chan and staff nurse Revathi Renganathan of Alexandra Hospital celebrating patient Nai Choong Ui’s birthday. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
National University Hospital staff nurses Seow Wai Shin and Antoninette Goh and Dr Stephen So Ching-Tung moving a patient for a procedure to explore blockage of heart blood vessels. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
National University Hospital staff nurses Seow Wai Shin and Antoninette Goh and Dr Stephen So Ching-Tung moving a patient for a procedure to explore blockage of heart blood vessels. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Ms Juay Siew Ngoh (third from right), a senior nurse manager at KK Hospital, conducting a training session in Cambodia for Cambodian midwives on the procedure of delivering a baby. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
Ms Juay Siew Ngoh (third from right), a senior nurse manager at KK Hospital, conducting a training session in Cambodia for Cambodian midwives on the procedure of delivering a baby. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
Nurses at Changi General Hospital came up with a plan in 2013 to introduce music therapy to their geriatric patients, some of whom suffer from dementia, to cheer them up. The nurses, seen here with senior staff nurse Michele Lim playing the ukulele,
Nurses at Changi General Hospital came up with a plan in 2013 to introduce music therapy to their geriatric patients, some of whom suffer from dementia, to cheer them up. The nurses, seen here with senior staff nurse Michele Lim playing the ukulele, serenade the patients with popular songs such as Top Of The World and You Are My Sunshine. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Nurse Winnie Choo Yin Looi of KK Hospital shows a patient a way to help premature infants bond with mum. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Nurse Winnie Choo Yin Looi of KK Hospital shows a patient a way to help premature infants bond with mum. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Nurse educator Kathy Lam demonstrating how to perform resuscitation at the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Nurse educator Kathy Lam demonstrating how to perform resuscitation at the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
KK Hospital has a clever idea to help children feel less apprehensive about having to undergo an operation. Nurses Jaslin Nah Siew Noy (right) and Ong Lay Teng blow bubbles in the operating theatre to distract and lighten the mood for 27-month-old Cl
KK Hospital has a clever idea to help children feel less apprehensive about having to undergo an operation. Nurses Jaslin Nah Siew Noy (right) and Ong Lay Teng blow bubbles in the operating theatre to distract and lighten the mood for 27-month-old Clarence Lee Hao Cheng, who is with his mother Catherine Ong Siew Ting, 36. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Singapore General Hospital nurse-clinician Zhang Rong Fang does counselling and runs the Osteoporosis Nurse Clinic. She assesses all cases through history-taking and interpretation of laboratory reports.
Singapore General Hospital nurse-clinician Zhang Rong Fang does counselling and runs the Osteoporosis Nurse Clinic. She assesses all cases through history-taking and interpretation of laboratory reports.
Home Nursing Foundation’s senior staff nurse Chua Geok Fong sorting out the medication for her patient See Choon Bok. She visits him at home once every two weeks to ensure he is taking the right dosage. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Home Nursing Foundation’s senior staff nurse Chua Geok Fong sorting out the medication for her patient See Choon Bok. She visits him at home once every two weeks to ensure he is taking the right dosage. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Nurse Jaslin Nah Siew Noy, 36, wheeling her patient, 27-month-old Clarence Lee Hao Cheng into the operating theatre using an unconventional method – a toy car. This is one of the ways that KK Hospital uses to calm young patients as there is usually
Nurse Jaslin Nah Siew Noy, 36, wheeling her patient, 27-month-old Clarence Lee Hao Cheng into the operating theatre using an unconventional method – a toy car. This is one of the ways that KK Hospital uses to calm young patients as there is usually fear before the children undergo an operation. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

On Aug 7, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced pay hikes, wider job scopes and improved career progression for public sector nurses.

These measures are the latest in a series of developments that have sought to increase both the professional stature and social perception of nurses in Singapore.

Such efforts are well-deserved, as they recognise the increasingly specialised skill sets, rising commitments and sacrifices that are required from nurses.

Doing so would simply be showing care to a group of people who make it their job to do so. 

Do you have a heart-warming story about how you have been touched by the care shown by nurses? Share your experience by e-mailing us at stonline@sph.com.sg.


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