Senior Nurse Manager
Changi General Hospital (CGH)
With 40 years of nursing experience, SNM Savithri was instrumental in setting up CGH’s first dementia ward in 2015 to provide dedicated care to these patients. She has also led and contributed to various initiatives, such as the successful robotic pet therapy programme, which uses a life-like robotic cat or dog to calm agitated patients, and the Snoezelen Sensory Board, a multisensory stimulation therapy aimed at reducing patients’ behavioural issues.
Beyond patient care, Savithri is also a passionate peer supporter for nurses in her ward, and a strong advocate for nursing education. She volunteers at several social welfare organisations in her spare time to give back to the community.
Ye Li Zhen
Ward 58 – General Surgery
Singapore General Hospital (SGH)
Going beyond the call of duty for her patients is not uncommon for NC Li Zhen, who believes that nurses should step into their patients’ shoes in order to better relieve their anxieties – she even once went to a patient’s home after work to walk the patient’s daughter through the steps of administering an injection. She also brings this philosophy into the Basic Care Assistant (BCA) training programme at SGH, which she pioneered in 2016 to train new BCAs with no nursing background. To date, the programme has groomed 14 batches of BCAs.
Li Zhen is also the president of the SingHealth Toastmasters’ Club, nurturing nurses who are not proficient in the English language, and giving nurses and healthcare staff a platform to develop greater confidence in their daily work.
Jennifer Tan Mae Yung
Senior Enrolled Nurse
Specialist Oncology Clinic B
National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS)
Over the course of SEN Jennifer’s career, she has befriended many of her patients. From finding opportunities to connect with them, to being sensitive to their needs, Jennifer strives to provide her patients with the support they need.
As a SEN, she plays an active role in nurturing and inspiring junior staff. She enjoys the camaraderie and revels in their successes with them. One instance of this was when her team introduced a holder for waste disposal on the dressing trolley, which helped with the nurses’ daily routine.
On her days off, Jennifer volunteers at the Assisi Hospice, accompanying patients in their final hours of life. These encounters are humbling, reminding her to always live in the moment.