SGH director wants nurses recognised as professional group

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KUCHING: It is hoped that the nursing field in the country would be recognised as a professional group in the future.

In saying this, Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) director Dr Ngian Hie Ung said that she believed this could be achievable in the country.

“Nursing is in the professional group in the various countries in the world. Thus, I believe Malaysia can too,” she said at the state-level World Nurses Day celebration at SGH here on Friday (May 13).

She also encouraged nurses to continue to work hard so that they are respected and recognised as a professional in their career.

“As what Florence (Nightingale) said, ‘I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse’,” stressed Dr Ngian.

Meanwhile, SGH matron Andy Lim Han Siang when asked about the remarks made by Dr Ngian with regard to nurses as a professional group, he said that it was indeed a good suggestion.

“We have discussed nursing’s future in moving forward, so I totally agree and support this nursing field towards a professional career,” said Andy, who has been a nurse for 17 years.

He said it was also important to encourage nurses to upgrade themselves, especially to at least obtain a degree.

Charge nurse Barry Bronie Angkum Robert Bedali, who has served as a nurse for 14 years, also said that he agreed with the suggestion for the nursing field to be recognised as a professional career.

“I very much welcome this and if this suggestion becomes a reality, it will be good news for the nurses in the country and also Sarawak.”

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