I agree with Mr. Abdul Rahim Darman’s call to review the admission criteria for polytechnic nursing courses (Review of Admission Criteria for Polytechnic Nursing Courses, July 21).
I too have a daughter who is passionate about nursing and health care. She was an express O-level student who, because she had obtained a D7 in mathematics, was assigned to the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).
As an O-level holder, she had to choose a higher Nitec degree program.
However, ITE only offers one Nitec in nursing. So she could only choose a non-nursing program at the time and has since graduated with an advanced degree in chemical technology, in the hopes of being able to work in a hospital laboratory, which could be a stepping stone to a career as a nurse. .
At the same time, she has held a health assistant position for the past 2 1/2 years, providing home care services to elderly patients recovering at home, and has also occasionally made stays in nursing homes. public and private hospitals as a nurse. auxiliary nurse.
She hopes this will help her develop her nursing experience and realize her passion for nursing.
She also continued to advance her studies by taking a part-time polytechnic course in food science, which she hopes to graduate by the end of this year.
Recently, she applied to a polytechnic nursing program and was told that she would have to resume her O-level math.
She has already left high school, graduating from a Higher Nitec in a technical program, and is about to graduate from polytechnic in a technology program.
Don’t polytechnics recognize a Higher Nitec and their own diploma?
Can authorities explain why level O math is so essential to nursing?
If Singapore lacks so few nurses, I think the entry criteria for polytechnics should focus more on the nursing and healthcare student experience, as the passion for nursing and the ability to health care responsibilities are so much more important to making a good nurse, not the O-level math scores of five years ago.
Wong hong meng