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21 May 2018

Speech by Dr Eric Kuan, MDIS President at the Official Opening of MDIS Nursing Practicum Laboratory on 21 May 2018, Monday, 11am at MDIS Campus


Good morning, 

Guest-of-Honour, Dr Chia Shi-Lu, Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC and Chairman, Government Parliamentary Committee for Health;

Dr R Theyvendran, Secretary-General of the Management Development Institute of Singapore;

Dr Norrie Brown, Director Quality Enhancement & Senior Teaching Fellow, School of Health & Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, UK

Distinguished Guests;

Ladies and Gentlemen,

1  A very warm welcome to the official opening of the MDIS Nursing Practicum Laboratory.  We thank our Guest-of-Honour, Dr Chia Shi-Lu, who is also the Deputy Head (Research) & Senior Consultant of the Department of Orthopaedics Surgery, Singapore General Hospital, for officiating this special occasion.

High Demand for Nurses
2  As part of a tripartite effort, the Health Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs) have laid out strategies to steer the healthcare industry and workforce towards better skills and better work ethics, so as to deliver better care for Singaporeans.

The Singapore healthcare system is also constantly evolving and faces several long-term trends towards making healthcare holistic and seamless. Identified as the “3 Beyonds”, the transformation led by the Ministry of Health is focused on Beyond Healthcare to Health; Beyond Hospital to Community and Beyond Quality to Value.  With an ageing population and rising incidences of chronic diseases, healthcare needs will increase in demand and complexity.  As such, the demand for nursing and healthcare professionals will also continue to increase.  In this regard, Singapore’s ITMs will continue to steer MDIS’ plan for skills-based programmes, which are mapped against the growing healthcare industry needs in Singapore and the region.

As the demand for skilled nurses in the healthcare industry continue to soar, more hospitals require nurses to hold a bachelor’s degree, even for entry level positions. Recognising the importance of entry level qualifications, and to fuel the nation’s bid in developing a sustainable healthcare system, MDIS has initiated a new MDIS School of Nursing in May 2017. This school is dedicated to the training and education of post-registered nurses in various healthcare settings.

MDIS’ Collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University (ENU)
3  In furthering this mission, MDIS has collaborated with renowned Edinburgh Napier University in the UK, to offer a Bachelor of Science Nursing (Top-Up) degree.  This degree is accredited   by the Singapore Nursing Board. Ranked in the top five percent of universities worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University rankings 2018, Edinburgh Napier University is an internationally award-winning institution that has twice been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.  It is also rated 5 stars for teaching, internationalisation and employability by the QS Stars international university rankings for its strong industry links.

MDIS School of Nursing
4  To-date, the MDIS School of Nursing has a total of 212 nursing students enrolled in our degree programme from SingHealth, National Healthcare and Parkway Healthcare group of hospitals. Though the nursing profession is made up of primarily female students, there are a handful of male students among them as well.  The students come from multi-cultural and diverse backgrounds, and bring with them different expertise and experiences at various levels from across multiple hospitals in Singapore.

Nursing Practicum Laboratory (NPL)
5  To further support the learning and practicum needs of nurses, MDIS has established a well-equipped Nursing Practicum Laboratory on its campus. The Laboratory is equipped with hospital-grade mannequins that amalgamate simulation technology and case study scenarios; hospital beds; clinical equipment; and requisites that require substantial investment.  The laboratory is conducive for nurses to practice procedures and diagnostic methods on computer-based models in realistic clinical settings, enabling hands-on experience with the benefit of eliminating risks to patients.

The programmes are fully faculty-taught and centred on ENU’s curriculum, the learning outcomes of which are industry relevant.  Flexible time tables are also provided to accommodate nurses’ work schedules so as to be flexible to their convenience and for their ease of learning.

Nursing Competition
6  In conjunction with Nurses’ Day in Singapore, our institute will be organising a Nursing Competition in August 2018. The competition will be open to current MDIS nursing students as well as registered nurses from hospitals and they will be judged on their efficacy of skills, knowledge and competency levels. The competition will comprise of four stations, and the nurses will be assessed on a case study that includes simulation practice, critical thinking, writing and presentation. Industry practitioners will form the judging panel, and participants will get to win up to S$6,000 worth of prizes.

We are excited to welcome our nursing students to the MDIS School of Nursing and present our Nursing Practicum Laboratory to all. We wish our nursing students an enriching learning experience that will foster a successful career in their healthcare professions.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Edinburgh Napier University for the fruitful partnership. We look forward to developing more healthcare related programmes to meet the growing demand for healthcare professionals in Singapore and the region.

In closing
7  My very best wishes to all of you on this occasion.

Thank you.

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