As an oncology nurse at the Ambulatory Treatment Unit at
the National Cancer Centre Singapore, Adele is responsible
for administering chemotherapy to treat patients with
cancer. She also takes the opportunity to find out how they
are coping and give them self-care tips including how to
clean their catheters and manage uncomfortable side
effects such as loss of appetite, nausea and hair loss.
Her professional and caring demeanour helps put patients
at ease during their course of treatment. To continuously
improve care outcomes for her patients, Adele also actively
participates in research and quality improvement projects.
Adele is not one to rest on her laurels; she is currently
pursuing a Master of Nursing programme at the National
University of Singapore as she hopes to advance her
knowledge to be a better clinician.
Outside of work, she finds fulfilment as an active volunteer
with local and overseas humanitarian organisations. This
started when she was a nursing student and was part of the
Youth Expedition Projects in Yunnan, China, and Cambodia,
where she assisted with health screenings and the building
of sanitation facilities for the communities there.
In Singapore, her altruistic desire led her to volunteer with
HealthServe, a non-profit organisation set up to provide
medical care to migrant workers. At the clinic, she performs
basic nursing tasks such as wound dressing, blood taking,
medication administration and dispensation.
Adele also volunteers with the Children’s Cancer
Foundation as a Befriender. She remembers a special
friendship with a four-year-old boy diagnosed with terminal
brain cancer whom she would visit weekly and engaged in
fun activities such as arts and crafts. Almost a year has
passed since he succumbed to the illness, but Adele
remains in contact with his mother to provide emotional
support. To her, this is part and parcel of “being human”
and caring.Adele Woon Pei Ning
Senior Staff Nurse
Ambulatory Treatment Unit
National Cancer Centre Singapore
Recipient of the Singapore Health Quality Service Awards (SHQSA) 2019 Superstar Award - Nursing Category