Ms Jieyi Sng, 24, joined NKF as a nurse in August 2017 fresh out of university. More than a year on, she is enjoying her work. She says that despite the challenges, she finds it worthwhile and fulfilling, especially in seeing the positive impact she is making in the lives of kidney patients.
Why did you pursue a career in nursing?
I studied pharmacy at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and received my diploma in 2014. However, I always enjoy interacting with people, so I made the switch to pursue the nursing profession which would give me this opportunity and graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) from the National University of Singapore in 2017.
Any experiences that stand out?
During dialysis sessions, some patients’ blood pressure may be low and there is a need to draw out less water from the body. There are patients who are resistant to this as they rather have more water drawn out as it gives them leeway to eat and drink more, which is actually not good for them. So they get angry. I just stay calm and emphasise to them the consequences. I’m still learning to deal with different kinds of patients in different situations. I’m grateful for the support from the senior nurses.
Have you created bonds with the patients?
When I’m on holiday, they will ask other nurses where I went and when I’m coming back. When I return to work, they ask me about my trip. For them, coming for dialysis every other day is not an easy thing to do. They find friendship in the nurses. Many of the patients are elderly and I feel like they are my own grandparents.
Would you encourage others to join renal nursing?
Why not? When I meet up with my nursing friends in the healthcare sector, I share with them stories about my interaction with patients and the positive feeling I have. When I want to do something, I want to be good at it by specialising in it (renal nursing). They can sense it… my passion and fulfilment working here. Perhaps it’s a trigger for them!