Updated: 02/13/2014 00:51

Former students of SGH's School of Nursing remember their school

Former students of SGH's School of Nursing remember their school

Some 100 to 200 students of the former School of Nursing said goodbye to an institution this morning. 

They attended the closing ceremony for the building at the Singapore General Hospital campus which will be demolished in July to make way for a new community hospital. 

Our News Desk accompanies two former students on a walk down memory lane. 

The School of Nursing welcomed students from 1956 to 1992, and closed its doors when a nursing diploma programme at Nanyang Polytechnic was established. 

One former student is Aw Ai Tee, who graduated in 1990. 

She remembers of hanging out at the "Bakar shop" on campus, and looking forward to classes in school's auditorium, which was air-conditioned. 

And she says it was so comfortable she couldn't help nodding off in class - despite her good-looking professor. 

Now an Assistant Director of Nursing at the Singapore National Eye Centre, she says with the better training that's available today, nurses can take over some tasks that could previously only be performed by housemen. 

And those who wish to further their studies in nursing have more options today. 

"They can go for the advanced courses, the advanced diploma, they can come back with a Masters and a PhDs. So they are leaders that are involved along the way. I can see that they instil one thing that's very important: lifelong learning. But no matter how education has evolved, our nursing training must be there, teaching of values must be there. These things never change."

Mdm Aw's schoolmate Lim Chuan Kah also has fond memories of the school. 

And he recalls the passion shared with other coursemates that has kept the principal certified nurse at the National Heart Centre on the job for 27 years. 

"After I got this job, I treated it as very precious to me, because you can help people, then also at the same time, get a salary. And then you can see people, when they recover and when they're going home, that's when you feel great, that's a fantastic feeling."

-By Lianne Chia

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