Mid-career professionals hoping to break into nursing will be able to embark on a two-year nursing degree programme at NUS Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (NUS Nursing) from July. This is Singapore’s first such programme and is offered in partnership with Singapore’s Ministry of Health and Workforce Singapore under their Healthcare Professional Conversion Programme (PCP).
The degree programme, which aims to build a strong local core of nurses in the healthcare workforce, was launched at a career preview attended by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health on 3 February. At the event, Dr Khor met with several NUS Nursing students who had switched to nursing midway through their career, including Ms Ong Teng Teng who went back to school at age 40 to answer a calling to serve in the medical profession. Also present was NUS Nursing Assistant Professor Shefaly Shorey, who graduated from the nursing PCP more than a decade ago.
Designed to meet accreditation requirements of the Singapore Nursing Board, the full-time degree programme is the University’s first two-year undergraduate degree course. The rigorous programme includes a challenging curriculum as well as hands-on application of nursing skills through realistic case scenarios, simulation sessions and clinical attachments.
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