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The Graveyard Shift: The Night Nurse

Filed in Nursing News by on March 20, 2016 0 Comments


Meet Mdm Low Pek Sian, who has been on the permanent night shift for more than 10 years. The nurse shares why she has chosen to work the graveyard shift, and how her profession brings her joy.

Mdm Low enjoys long walks at night. But these are not your usual walks in the park – as a nurse manager, Mdm Low walks through a number of wards and blocks at Tan Tock Seng Hospital on a daily basis. Mdm Low has been a nurse for the past 40 years.

“This is my first job. After my ‘O’ Levels, I told myself, the first job I am going to get is a job with uniform so I don’t have to worry about what to wear the next day,” said Mdm Low, with a laugh.

Although this was how it all started, Mdm Low’s passion for this job grew as the days passed. Joining the nursing industry right after “O” Levels without a nursing background was a challenge for her.

“When I first joined nursing, I was assigned to psychiatric nursing. After two years, I went to student nursing. I have also had experience in ICU, in Civil Defense as an ambulance officer and in operating theaters,” said Mdm Low.

After her many years of experience in different situations, Mdm Low is now a nurse manager who is on the permanent night shift – and has been for more than 10 years.

When asked why she chose to be on the permanent night shift, Mdm Low said: “I love the timings. Because of our schedule, I have fixed days off for myself. To me, at this age, that is important. I spend my days off volunteering. For example, every Tuesday, I actually run a health screening clinic for the senior citizens at Toa Payoh.”

She also prefers the night shift because in the night, she has the time to speak to patients who have trouble sleeping.

She shared that although they have approximately an average of 80 to 100 admissions per night, they still have more time to spend with patients, as compared to nurses who work in the day.

“Most of our night-shift nurses cannot speak dialects. So when dialect–speaking patients see me, they are happy and that makes my day,” she said.



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