For the last 25
years of her career, I have worked at the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory at
National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS), where anxieties often run high. To
allay patients’ fear of invasive cardiac procedures, I patiently explain the
procedure to them and even uses music therapy to soothe their nerves.
I was inspired to
become a nurse at the young age of 11. At the time, my father was undergoing
dialysis. As part of the procedure, he needed to inject himself, which is quite
scary to have to do on your own. It made me want to go into nursing so that I
could help him.
Even though work can
be hectic, I find time to volunteer. I visit the underprivileged elderly on
weekends to ease their loneliness and help address their health and social
issues. Helping people gives me endless energy. Being able to make a positive
impact on the lives of others is what drives me and keeps me going as a nurse!
Teo Poh Tin, Tina
Senior Nurse Manager, Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory
National Heart Centre Singapore
Winner of the Superstar-Nursing Award at the Singapore Health Quality Service Awards 2018