Tell us about your job.
I am very fortunate to be working with some wonderful nurses. I feel privileged to be able to grow professionally alongside them while helping them in their career development.
The best thing about my job is empowering nurses to continue to providing excellent, evidence-based nursing care to our patients during their perioperative journey.
There is a common misperception, especially among student nurses: all that an OT nurse does is to hand instruments to the surgeons. This cannot be further than the truth. It does not take long for them to find out how complex a nurse’s role in the OT is. And more importantly, how being our patient's advocate in this critical time is essential to their best post-operative recovery.
A typical day for me would be in developing the curriculum to enhance our nurses’ knowledge and skills through various training opportunities, or in teaching various operating room skills and clinical practice to inexperienced staff.
What is unique about your job?
Being a specialist in operating room nursing has given me so many opportunities for a highly varied and constantly evolving career. Within the 32 theatres in NUH, we take care of patients before, during and after their surgery. Hence our nurses have opportunities to work in scrub, anaesthetic and recovery disciplines .
In addition, there are so many different specialities of surgery performed daily in NUH, so there are always new learning opportunities.
Therefore, an operating room nurse’s day is never routine and is often adrenaline-filled. My job is unique because having nursed in theatres through all these disciplines in the past 37 years and many different countries, I now have the opportunity to share my enthusiasm and experience in this field of nursing and to help continue to promote this aspect of patient care which most healthcare staff have little exposure to.
What makes you proud to be a staff of NUH?
I am proud of the efforts that are put into developing nursing culture and its recognition as a profession to be respected and cared for. For the professionals who are striving to enhance nursing roles and to promote nurses’ importance within the inter-professional patient care teams.
I am also proud of our multicultural work force as many bring with them varied experiences that we can share and have the opportunity to glean the highest standards from all.
What would your superhero nurse name and special power be?
Florence, after our nursing hero. She had great insight in developing nursing within the constraints of her time, using common sense and high standards to create a better care for patients.
The special power would be to be able to time travel so that I can see the best from the past and the best in the future. A special power that would enable vision to respect and have insight and balance between traditional and new, which would develop into understanding that could only improve our patient care and our colleagues’ careers.