25 July 2017
More students are taking on degree-level studies leading to a career as Registered Nurses, a trend that bodes well for the recruitment of more nurses to meet healthcare needs over the next few years.
In the latest university admissions exercise, about 2,200 applicants indicated Nursing as one of their choices of study, an increase of 7.6% and 25.5% over 2016 and 2015, respectively.
There are also more students listing Nursing as their first-choice course this year – about 630 applicants, an increase of 21.4% and 66.6% over 2016 and 2015, respectively.
The NUS Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (which is part of the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine) offers Singapore’s only Bachelor of Science (Nursing) programme for A-level holders and polytechnic graduates. The NUS Nursing programme is ranked 18th and 19th globally in the QS World University Ranking by Subject for 2016 and 2017, respectively.
To cater to the higher demand, NUS Nursing has increased its intake of students to 235 this year. This is an increase of 51.6% and 58.8% over 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Said Prof Emily Ang, Head of NUS Nursing: “We are happy that more school-leavers are pursuing an NUS Nursing degree. It is clear that students and their parents recognise the value that the programme brings, through provision of evidence-based education, inter- professional training, and various aspects of the course, all of which aim to equip our graduates to be competent, confident healthcare professionals.
“Through our pedagogy, we hope to groom a generation of ‘thinking’ nurses and develop future nursing leaders who can take on key roles in hospitals and clinics, where they are working collaboratively with physicians to provide care for patients.”