International Nurses Day: Commending Their Dedication

Nurses play a pivotal role in addressing multiple health challenges and are essential in transforming health care and health systems.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 – As one of the most trusted and respected professions, nurses play a pivotal role in addressing multiple health challenges and are essential in transforming health care and health systems.

This International Nurses Day, Sunway Medical Centre commends its more than 2,000 dedicated nurses who devote their lives to the health needs of individuals and communities. 

International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12, the anniversary of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale’s birth. This year, the theme “Our Nurses. Our Future” aims to address global health challenges and improve global health for all. Nurses are the future of health care, and are to be protected, respected, and valued.  

“As the largest private quaternary hospital in Malaysia, we strive to provide unparalleled standard of care that is delivered with compassion and a sense of service, and we are able to achieve this thanks to our team of trained and passionate nursing staff. With their professional clinical expertise combined with vast experience, we are certain to transform the healthcare landscape,” shared Dr Seow Vei Ken, Sunway Medical Centre chief executive officer. 

Clinical excellence forms an integral part in meeting and exceeding patients’ needs and to uphold the highest standards, Sunway Medical Centre recently hosted the first paediatric intensive care basic course for nurses in Malaysia.

Led by consultant paediatric intensivist Dr Anis Siham Zainal Abidin, the course aimed to expand the role of nurses and to optimise care and management of children and families within their clinical field. 

As Sunway Medical Centre rapidly expands its hospital to cater to local and international markets, healthcare professionals including nurses have further opportunities to grow their careers.

The new Towers D and E will be opening soon, increasing the number of hospital beds from 616 to more than 1,000. The towers will also house a dedicated Children’s Emergency, and the Women and Children Health Centres. 

With this significant growth, Sunway Medical Centre realises the need for qualified nurses, and hence offers full scholarships for degree and diploma in nursing for those interested to pursue a nursing career.

The hospital provides 100 per cent coverage on tuition fees and living expenses until graduation, while equipping these future nurses with hands-on experience that they need to begin a rewarding career in the health care industry. 

“Clinical care is becoming more complex and specialised, propelling healthcare professionals to undertake complicated health services and quickly learn new methods. Our goal is to challenge, influence and inspire our nurses to reach their goals.

“Nursing is never just a profession; it is a passion. When you love what you do intensely, and the outcome will show,” said Chan Lai Hong, group director of nursing at Sunway Medical Centre. 

In an effort to provide aspiring individuals a chance to experience themselves what it is like to be a nurse, the nursing team recently organised ‘A Day as a Nurse’ event. The event gave the future nurses the opportunity to explore the world of nursing through sharing sessions by Sunway Medical Centre nurses and a tour through the hospital’s various departments. 

As health care continues to evolve, health care providers need to drive transformation in order to forge ahead. With their core role as a patient advocate, their scientific reasoning skills and extensive spectrum of care, nurses are the forces in driving growth and innovation. 

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