Improving Nursing Care in Jiangsu Province, China


Participants getting Hands-on Training at the Simulation Lab Facilities Located at the School of Health Sciences, Nanyang Polytechnic

Jiangsu is the fifth most densely populated and economically developed province of China, and in recent years there has been an increasing demand for better healthcare and nursing standards in that part of the country. As a way to address this gap, the Jiangsu Province Department of Health (JPDH), Temasek Foundation and Nanyang Polytechnic International have partnered together to share knowledge and expertise to improve the overall quality of nursing in the Jiangsu Province.

Between June 2014 and October 2015, thanks to the ‘Nanyang Polytechnic International Nursing Management Programme,’ 135 nurses and nurse managers from 20 participating hospitals and nursing colleges in the Jiangsu province came to Singapore’s Nanyang Polytechnic to take part in a specialised training course to improve their nursing skills and to learn better ways to design, develop and refresh their curriculum in nursing education and nursing management.

Moving forward, these new programme graduates are expected to drive sustainable change and improve the quality of nursing education in their own country, through their learning with over 400 of their peers at home, eventually contributing to a higher standard of nursing in China and in the region.

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About the programme

There are three main components to the programme:

1. The Nursing Management component, which provides the participants with an overview of Singapore’s healthcare and nursing management systems, models and strategies. This will enable them to determine the training needs of their staff and implement necessary changes to the management system in their respective organisations.
2. The Nursing Specialists component, which provides nurse clinicians, nursing educators and clinical instructors with an update on the latest practices in the selected specialised disciplines.
3. The Training-of-Trainers component, which focuses on nursing pedagogy.

Why nurses are so important

Nurses play an integral role in the healthcare system. Being a nurse is one of the most demanding professions in the world and needs constant dedication, training and commitment. The ability of nurses to affect the progress of the patients as well as the perceived quality of care is becoming more significant. Furthermore, nurses have a big impact on a hospital’s culture. If the nursing leadership at a hospital or clinic is dedicated and professional, then it usually trickles down to the rest of the staff. (Source: John Hopkins Medicine)

Did you know…

According to latest data released by the Manpower Ministry (on January 2015), registered nurses were one of the toughest positions to fill by locals in Singapore. The unattractive pay and a preference not to do shift work were listed as the main reasons Singaporeans shunned nursing jobs. In August 2014 Health Minister Gan Kim Yong announced a slew of changes to make the profession more attractive, including higher pay, more opportunities for professional development and greater authority to make decisions.