“You might say that Singaporean male nurses are a rarity. I was part of the first batch of 170 students at Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Nursing Department, of which only 16 were males. Male nurses can do as good a job as female nurses.
Nursing has always been in my blood. My grandfather used to work in Tan Tock Seng Hospital as a healthcare assistant and that piqued my interest. My passion then rubbed off on my two younger brothers who also studied nursing – now, one of them is a paramedic, and the other is a prison officer.
I joined the Embassy in May as the first locally-employed male nurse in the Regional Medical Office (RMO). My job is to take care of Embassy employees and their families who need medical treatment. There’s no problem too big or too small. From minor cuts and administering vaccinations to chronic stomachaches and chest pains, we examine everyone and evaluate if they need treatment, further testing, or a specialist referral.
Getting to know your patient is one of the best things you can do as a nurse. As a people person, I like to ensure my patients’ comfort using communication. It becomes easier to take care of them when they’re comfortable with you. And, it’s a good feeling when someone comes out of the intensive care unit (ICU) and thanks me for saving them.
Having three trained nurses in the family is a recipe for conflict at home as my brothers and I have different opinions about managing our parents’ health conditions. When it comes to my friends’ weird symptoms, I’m here to help answer their questions. My advice: Don’t Google – it will only make you depressed.”
– Muhammad An-Nur, Regional Medical Office