The Hospital Fatimah School of Nursing (HFSON) held its graduation ceremony in June 2010 at Hotel Impiana, Ipoh. The climax of the ceremony was the oath taken by 41 young ladies. The oath emphasized the disposition these graduates need, to carry out their duties with total dedication as a nurse.
The class of 2009 comprised 21 students who received a Diploma in Nursing and 20 who received a Certificate of Assistant Nurse. The class achieved 100% passes with one student, Lim Soo Mui, scoring highest among all student nurses in the 109 nursing schools in Malaysia. Parents, tutors, friends, and members of the Board of Directors of HFSON, management and staff of Hospital Fatimah witnessed this auspicious event.
Ms Mary Narayanasamy, the Principal Tutor of HFSON, when asked about her hopes for the graduates in their future undertaking said, “I hope that they will continue to study their post basic courses to become specialised nurses”. Dato’ Simon Chan, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of HFSON, said, “Nursing is, in many ways, a vocation. It’s tough treating people who are sick. I have great admiration for the nurses, and my wishes for them are to be brave, keep an open mind and treat all their patients as equals.”
Hospital Fatimah School of Nursing was established in 1994 (formerly known as City Nursing School) and initially began with the conversion of ‘Nursing Aides’ to State Enrolled Nurses (SEN). Ten years later, the Malaysian Nursing Board approved a new conversion training programme from SEN to State Registered Nurses. In 2007, the School received recognition as an Institution of Higher Education when it was successfully registered by the Ministry of Higher Education.
Today, the School offers two courses, (i) Diploma in Nursing; a conversion programme from Assistant Nurse to Staff Nurse (A 7309) and (ii) Certificate of Assistant Nurse (A 7308) – previously called SEN, Both these courses were approved by the Malaysian Nursing Board and the Malaysian Qualification Agency.
The School, which started at the basement of Hospital Fatimah, is now located at No. 12, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, in a building which used to house the Congregation of the Brothers of Mercy until 2002. The curricula of the School include core subjects such as Behavioural Sciences, Basic Sciences and Nursing Sciences and compulsory non-nursing subjects such as Pendidikan Moral, Pengajian Malaysia and Pengajian Agama, all taught by full-time and part-time Nursing Tutors. Some Visiting and Resident Consultants of Hospital Fatimah teach specialised subjects in the School voluntarily on their own time. Students of the school also undergo clinical experience in the wards of Hospital Fatimah, Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun Ipoh and Hospital Bahagia Tanjung Rambutan.
Students of Hospital Fatimah School of Nursing also learn about “Pastoral Care”, (where counselling or comfort is offered to those in need of help with emotional problems or stressful situations) and “Palliative Care” (which aims to alleviate pain and discomfort to improve the quality of life for patients with terminal illnesses).
Expansion plans for a new building of the School are in progress. The groundbreaking ceremony of the new building recently took place in February 2010 and the building is expected to be constructed soon. This double-storey building will accommodate six new classrooms, staff offices, a resource centre and an auditorium.
For more information call:
Hospital Fatimah School Of Nursing [A4P2470(PKP614)]
No 12, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah,
31400 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 05-254 2084 Fax: 05-253 2084
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