“Jobs were hard to come by in the 1970s. I had to choose between working in a factory or being a nurse. Opportunities for further training were also fewer, and it was only after 10years of becoming a nurse that I had my turn to be trained in midwifery. Today, there are abundant learning and career development opportunities. In KKH, specialty-trained nurses run Midwife-led Clinics to care for women with low-risk pregnancies from 24 to 28 weeks of gestation and follow them through to labour and delivery. Just like in the United Kingdom and Australia, we take on some roles previously done by doctors, such as seeing patients during consultations and performing episiotomy repairs during delivery. This expansion of roles enables us to practice at the top of our licenses.”
- Assistant Director of Nursing at KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Ms Hoon Siew Jong, has joined countless parents in welcoming their babies over a career that spans 50 years! A self-described people person, Ms Hoon’s role recently expanded to include overseeing nursing standards at KKH’s outpatient clinics. She looks forward to further integration of technological developments – such as artificial intelligence and remote care delivery – into healthcare.