Out of the 70 students that completed their part-time nursing degree with the King’s College London in January and March 2021, more than 40% of these students passed with first-class honours, the highest possible grade.
Most of the graduates from this part-time nursing degree are registered nurses from both private and public healthcare institutions. For the past year, they had to juggle with work, studies, and personal commitments, especially ever since the demand for healthcare workers, increased during the COVID-19 situation.
Read the full story in The Straits Times here:
Read the stories of our nursing graduates – Bindeeya Chandran from Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Nurulhuda Binte Abd Majid from KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Carie Ong from National University Hospital here:
Bindeeya Chandran – Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, 33 years old, First Class Honours Graduate
Bindeeya was juggling between different roles as a nurse, a mom, a daughter, a wife, and a student during the COVID-19 period. This became the toughest part for Bindeeya, especially when her dissertations coincided with the conversion of her ward (between January and April last year) to take in Covid-19 patients who were more ill and needed close monitoring.
Nevertheless, she persevered and still pushed through to complete her nursing degree and achieve First-Class Honours. Read more about Bindeeya’s experience with King’s college here.
Nurulhuda Binte Abd Majid – KK Woman’s and Children’s Hospital, 31 years old, Ngee Ann Education Holdings Scholarship Recipient, First Class Honours Graduate
Nurulhuda aspires to be an Advanced Practice Nurse in the future. With the knowledge and skills imparted to her throughout the programme, she is now more confident in her clinical skills, allowing her to deliver a high standard of nursing assessment and care to her patients and their families. While studying for the Nursing Degree, she had to manage her pregnancy as well as coping with the stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is grateful for her husband’s understanding and support during those challenging times. While studying part-time while working full-time requires tons of discipline, Nurulhuda learnt to manage her time through pre-planning her timetable so that her days off were either entirely dedicated to studying or family.
Carie Ong – National University Hospital, 27 years old, Ngee Ann Education Holdings Scholarship Recipient, First Class Honours Graduate
Carie was initially uncertain about being able to cope with a part-time degree while working full-time as a nurse in the intensive care unit (ICU), but she gained courage from her motivation and passion for learning more about end-of-life care and for further excelling in her career path, in the field of palliative care or community nursing. She believes that her degree education with King’s College London, which focuses on palliative care, is a step towards achieving that, and it will equip her with the right skills and knowledge to help her fulfil her career aspirations.
The most challenging part for Carie was when the pandemic broke out. As she was called to be in the ICU, the commitment and extra protective gear and equipment often made her feel dehydrated and exhausted by the end of her shift, making studying after working hours harder than before. While nursing is not a job that is suitable for everyone, Carie feels that being able to see patients recover and get discharged is a huge satisfaction that keeps her going every day.
“We are very proud of all our King’s College London’s nursing graduates for their outstanding achievements. Despite having to manage the COVID-19 situation at work, they had displayed tremendous strength, grit, and resilience to overcome the challenges to graduate in these unprecedented times. As future nurse leaders, we hope that they will continue to learn, innovate, and lead changes to improve the quality of patient care in Singapore’s healthcare sector. We are confident that the nurses who come through the Ngee Ann Academy – King’s College London’s nursing degree programme will be able to create value in healthcare and expand their career opportunities,” said Dr. Susie Khoo, Chief Executive Officer, Ngee Ann Academy.