Updated: 11/28/2013 00:26

NYP opens new training centre

NYP opens new training centre

A new centre that will boost the learning experience of nursing students at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP). 

It is a joint initiative by NYP and US-based not-for-profit organisation, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, HIMMS. 

HIMMS specialised in healthcare information and management systems. 

The centre will integrate classroom learning with the healthcare setting in hospitals and polyclinics, shortening the learning curve of the students when they graduate and join the workforce as professional nurses. 

Norine Goh is a nurse from Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, who's currently doing her advanced nursing diploma at NYP. 

"It's kind of difficult to transit into the workforce. You have to adapt into the environment, the routines and we have to learn about the new IT things that are used in the hospital. With the schools having this systems, we can actually start off hands-on practice so when we actually go into the hospitals, it's not so fearful for the students."

This includes training on systems used in many hospitals in Singapore, such as the electronic medical recording systems and wireless vital signs monitoring system. 

An open-concept four-bed ward was also built to provide more hands-on training opportunities for students nurses. 

Students also spend 10 per cent of their course training hours to work in simulated Intensive Care Units and in-patient wards. 

The 256 square metre training centre will also act as a test-bed platform for newer IT solutions for the healthcare industry - such as the a bedside terminal for warded patients. 

The terminal acts as an all-in-one information system for nurses, doctors as well as patients. 

Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower Dr Amy Khor who officiated the launch of the training centre, said its setup is timely. 

"This is especially when we are increasingly looking at healthcare IT as a game changer to transform healthcare delivery to address some of the challenges we face in healthcare, for instance, aging population, increasing burden of chronic diseases."

-By Fann Sim

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