21 May 2018

MDIS launches private education sector's first dedicated School of NursingLatest News

The momentous occasion was graced by Guest-of-Honour, Dr Chia Shi-Lu, Deputy Head (Research) and Senior Consultant, Singapore General Hospital, and Member of Parliament, Tanjong Pagar GRC.

The MDIS School of Nursing, with its current intake of 212 students, aims to enrol 2,000 students by 2025 to meet Singapore’s increasing need for personnel in public healthcare and aged care settings. The launch ceremony also marked the official opening of the MDIS Nursing Practicum Lab, a well-equipped facility for post-registered nurses to enhance their practical skills.

“As an institute focused on shaping a future-ready workforce, MDIS aligns its focus and curricula to industry requirements. This allows us to be able to anticipate the evolving needs of industries and equip our students with the right skills for them to succeed upon graduation,” said Dr Kelvin Wong, Head of the MDIS School of Nursing.

Real-world Realistic Training Scenarios and Programmes
The MDIS School of Nursing offers a post-registration degree targeted at Registered Nurses who wish to upskill themselves. It is offered in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University (ENU), an institution ranked among the Top 5% of Universities by the Times Higher Education World University rankings 2018 in the health and social care sector. Classes at the school are fully conducted by the ENU faculty. 

Its Nursing Practicum Lab is equipped with specialty nursing and hospital-grade medical equipment. To improve training and competency of nursing students, the School has invested in Laerdal mannequins with amalgamate simulation technology for them to practice procedures and diagnostic methods in realistic clinical scenarios. The mannequins can simulate a cardiac arrest, lung collapse, and general symptoms like coughing. They are also designed for scenario-based training in women’s health, obstetrics, post-partum, wound assessment and more.

The skills development opportunities encompasses care development, circulatory skills, IV drug administration and more. Not only does this create realistic scenarios that nursing students will face when working with live patients, it also provides them with vital feedback on their hands-on skills.

Dr Norrie Brown, School Director of Quality Enhancement in the School of Health and Social Care at ENU, said: “The School of Health and Social Care is the largest provider of nursing and midwifery education in Scotland with Advanced Health Practitioner (AHP) and Social Work coming on stream within the next few months. We also have the best Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre in Scotland. As the largest provider of transnational education for nursing, we take an international approach towards healthcare to help students to engage in and develop a better and deeper understanding of global health and social care issues and challenges.  To support and develop these important initiatives, our lecturers have a breadth and depth of expertise, knowledge, skills and other attributes to help nurses take the next step in their careers.” 

Over the next year, the school will be further expanding its investment by adding on more dedicated classrooms and lecture theatres with a growing focus on blended leaning and digitally engaging modules. The spectrum of nursing equipment and specialised hospital tools will also be increased to expand the scope and depth of training. 

National-level Nursing Competition
The school also announced plans for the private education sector’s first ever nursing competition. It will be the first among PEIs here to host a nation-wide nursing competition in the fourth quarter of 2018. Targeted at approximately 100 registered and prospective nurses, the competition is a platform for nurses to be recognized for their skills. It is also an opportunity for nurses to expand their capabilities through the transfer of knowledge and sharing of best practices.