13 Jan 2014
SNEC nurses take the academic stage
Tomorrow's Medicine, Issue 5 - January 2014
"We are building our training capabilities, identifying nurses who have passion in teaching and recruiting members of Faculty to develop curricula and new educational programmes." – Ms Low Siew Ngim, Director of Nursing, SNEC
Nurses at SNEC are now given clear pathways to progress and fulfil a number of new roles, especially with the formation of the Ophthalmology Academic Clinical Program.
“We are building our training capabilities, identifying nurses who have passion in teaching and recruiting members of faculty to develop curricula and new educational programmes. This allows us to keep pace with the evolving healthcare landscape to provide seamless, standardised eye care across the nation,” said Ms Low Siew Ngim, Director of Nursing at SNEC.
To support their advancement, SNEC will start recruiting ophthalmic assistants in 2014, allowing nurses to fulfil more clinical roles.
Ms Low said, “Ophthalmic assistants will help to offload routine tasks from nurses, freeing their time to focus more on patient education and counselling as well as support their advancement as nurse educators or nurse researchers.”
Already, nurses perform significant roles in public healthcare education, outreach humanitarian surgical programmes and research projects. For example, SNEC nurses have been working closely with the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) to conduct a cost utility study of glaucoma patients.
Operating theatre nurses are also currently involved in a study that compares the efficacy of hand washing versus alcohol rub. Notably, Ms Low Huey Peng, an Assistant Director of Nursing at SNEC, was recently appointed as sub-editor of the International Journal of Ophthalmic Practice, opening the doors for SNEC nurses to make valuable contributions to an International journal and support the educational needs of the ophthalmic nursing fraternity.*
Pushing the ACP nursing development, Ms Aw Ai Tee, also Assistant Director of Nursing at SNEC, has been meticulously researching the state of ophthalmic nurse training programmes around the world.
Her findings will help the centre plug the gaps and position SNEC as a centre of training excellence. SNEC’s recent collaboration with the Agency of Integrated Care to conduct eye care training programmes for their staff further paves the way in this direction.
Topping it all off is Ms Low’s recent appointment as a council member of the International Ophthalmology Nursing Association. She feels that her appointment will further collaborations and benchmark best practices in Ophthalmic nursing practices among the world’s best.
Ms Low shared that she intends to bring the association’s high-profile conference to Singapore within the next two years. “This will set the stage for nurses to share best practices with one another. Rather than reinvent the wheel, open-platform sharing and collaborations will accelerate our mutual progress towards better patient care.”
*”Singapore National Eye Centre: an ophthalmic nursing journey” was published in the International Journal of Ophthalmic Practice 4(5): Oct 2013