21 May 2018

MDIS launches private education sector’s first School of NursingMDIS in the News

Singapore, 21 May 2018 – The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), Singapore’s oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning, today launched the private education sector’s first dedicated School of Nursing (SON). Located at MDIS Campus in Stirling Road, the school has a current intake of 212 students and 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. The school also announced plans for the private education sector’s first ever nursing competition, for current nursing students and registered nurses holding Nursing Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas or Degrees.

“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.

Guest-of-Honour, Dr Chia Shi-Lu, Deputy Head (Research) & Senior Consultant, Singapore General Hospital, and Member of Parliament, Tanjong Pagar GRC, graced the launch.

Real-world Realistic Training Scenarios and Programmes
Developed at an initital investment of S$300,000, the self-funded MDIS Nursing Practicum Lab is equipped with specialty nursing and hospital-grade medical equipment.  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 ditigally engaging modules. The spectrum of nursing equipment and specialised hospital tools will also be increased to expand the scope and depth of training. 

To improve training and competency of nursing students, the School has invested in high-fidelity 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.

The 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. 

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.” 

National-level Nursing Competition
The MDIS School of Nursing will also 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.

The competition will encompass four simulation-based medical scenarios, with all to be completed within a timespan of 40 minutes.
• 1st scenario: Participants are presented with a case study of a patient with a chronic disease.
• 2nd scenario: Participants are required to demonstrate immediate critical nursing interventions on a mannequin.
• 3rd scenario: Participants are to develop a nursing care plan for a patient based on a case study.
• 4th scenario: Participants will present their nursing care plan and public health management plan for the patient. 

Participants will be assessed by a panel of university and industry judges and the top three winners will walk away with a medal and cash prizes worth S$3,000, S$2,000 and S$1,000 respectively. Consolation prizes worth $200 each will be awarded to another five participants.