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Forum: Poly Nursing Course Entry Criteria Help Ensure Students Do Well, Forum News & Top Stories



We refer to the letters from the forum “Review entry criteria for polytechnic nursing courses” (July 21), “Entry criteria for polytechnic nursing courses should focus more on passion and experience ”(July 26) and“ Threshold score required for polytechnic nursing courses already low ”(July 26).

We thank Mr. Abdul Rahim Darman and Mr. Wong Hong Meng and their daughters for seriously considering nursing as a career option.

Nursing requires both technical and soft skills.

Every day, nurses make many practical, evidence-based decisions through critical thinking, often under time pressure. This ability, coupled with a caring heart, compassion and empathy, makes him a well-rounded healthcare professional.

In an increasingly demanding healthcare environment with high patient acuity, the ability to respond in a timely and accurate manner is of the utmost importance.

A master’s degree in math and science forms an important foundation for helping nursing students develop critical thinking, analytical skills, and decision-making skills.

This is particularly relevant in today’s healthcare environment – an environment that is progressively digitized and relies on data analysis to guide critical clinical decisions.

To further develop these skills, nursing students should acquire skills in statistical research and data analysis, and participate in applied research projects at school. All of these require a good foundation in mathematics, which goes beyond its application in drug dosing.

The mastery of mathematics as an entrance requirement is also widely practiced around the world.

Reputable nursing schools in the United States, Great Britain and Hong Kong have generally identified this skill as a prerequisite for enrollment in nursing studies leading to a professional qualification.

The demand for nurses remains high in Singapore.

Therefore, over the years, multiple pathways have also been created for those interested in pursuing a professional qualification in nursing. Polytechnics can provide advice on these alternative routes.

Samantha ong


Singapore Nurses Association