Fu Liqing, Nurse Clinician, Nursing, NNI, received the Nurses’ Merit Award 2021 for her outstanding performance and contributions in nursing.
Liqing’s dream of becoming a nurse began when she was just a child. “I was a Red Cross cadet in primary and secondary school. The sense of satisfaction after I had helped or cared for people inspired me to be a nurse,” she recounted.
Today, Liqing plays a pivotal role in improving stroke care, from the emergency department to community. Every minute matters in the treatment of stroke. Liqing strives to ensure patients get the treatment they need in the shortest time possible. Her most recent project reduced waiting times for transthoracic echocardiogram, a heart monitoring test, in the acute stroke unit.
Recognising the importance of teamwork, Liqing mentors and delegates duties to her teammates, empowering them and helping to develop their skills. “As a committed and passionate nurse leader, Liqing has easily gained the respect of her junior nurses. We can always rely on her to infuse energy into her team,” remarked her supervisor, Dr Ng Wai May, Deputy Director and Advanced Practice Nurse, Nursing, NNI.
Liqing also ensures that patients continue to receive the care they need when they are out of the hospital, working closely with Ang Mo Kio Thye Hua Kwan Community Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital's rehabilitation department. In her own time, Liqing also volunteers with the Singapore National Stroke Association to raise awareness about stroke prevention and management.
Her impact on stroke care extends beyond Singapore. In 2015 and 2017, she volunteered with a group of allied health professionals in Myanmar and Vietnam, where Liqing and her team inspired nurses to take on roles usually performed by doctors, such as patient assessment.
With so many commitments, Liqing channels her passion for nursing and stroke care to keep going, quoting Oprah Winfrey, “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
Liqing teaching Burmese nurses about stroke assessment in 2017