July 29, 2022

Foreign nurses in Singapore detail their struggles in new book

By brit

SINGAPORE – For palliative care nurse Myint Myint Than, her job is a daily reminder of two important people in her life.

She was an oncology nurse, but decided to switch to palliative care to pick up the skills to help care for her ageing mother and mother-in-law.

But it was not to be, as both the elders died in Myanmar two weeks apart last July due to Covid-19.

Ms Myint Myint Than is one of 50 nurses featured in Alexandra Hospital’s (AH) book titled Missy Reflections II. It is the second book launched by the hospital. Missy is a colloquial term for nurse.

The first Missy Reflections was launched last year and highlighted AH nurses’ milestones in their careers, including during the pandemic.

The new book tackles the struggles faced by male nurses, the challenges foreign nurses experience as they are away from home and how nurses take care of their mental well-being.

The 100-page book, launched on Wednesday (July 27), is available in digital format on AH’s website. Hard copies will be distributed to the Singapore Nurses Association, libraries, 16 acute and community hospitals, nursing students and selected nursing homes.

The book comes ahead of Singapore Nurses’ Day, which falls on Aug 1.