The President’s Award for Nurses is the highest accolade in the nursing profession. This national award is given in recognition of nurses who have made significant contributions to the profession and the community, while also displaying outstanding competency, leadership, and innovation. They are also dedicated to nurturing young nurses and committed in contributing their professional expertise in the community.
This year, SingHealth is proud to have two recipients. Congratulations to our deserving recipients!
Ms Christina LimChief NurseSengkang General Hospital
As Chief Nurse at SKH, Christina has been a major contributor to the establishment of SKH. Her adaptability and leadership was also evident in managing the COVID-19 situation despite being a new hospital.
Her contribution to the meticulous planning of the SKH facility was greatly felt when COVID-19 hit, and SKH was able to scale up operations with relatively few modifications. Her ability to work on the ground and to rally her team has resulted in a confident and resilient nursing workforce at SKH.
Christina is a strong proponent of quality improvement and strives to raise the bar in patient care. At SKH, she ensured that almost every workflow and process is combed through to ensure that these are sensible, safe, cost and time effective.
Christina aspires for all nurses to explore redesigning their care to improve outcomes, drive value and enhance the patient’s individual experience.
Dr Huang FangAssistant Director of Nursing
(Advanced Practice Nurse)KK Woman’s and Children’s Hospital
A 24-year nursing veteran, Huang Fang began her career at KKH, and has always been in gynae-oncology practice. She has been an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) since 2009, and has held leadership roles to mentor, develop and train eight more ward-based APNs in women’s service at KKH.
Her love for mentoring and learning has led her to a Doctorate in Nursing Practice in 2015. When off-duty, she remains connected with her patients and their families, earning her the SingHealth GCEO Outstanding Award in 2016 and Singapore Health Quality Service Silver Award 2017.
From clinics to wards and therapy services, her mantra for proactive and holistic care has helped to improve patient outcomes, as well as inspired nurses to pursue an oncology specialisation.
Two of her most recent key achievements are the APN-led Preoperative and Education (APAE) clinic and Rapid Response Team (RRT), both involving medical and nursing teams. The APAE clinic proactively meets patients’ needs for pre-operative readiness with their families, and has resulted in reduced length of hospital stays, fewer complications, and improved patient experience. In January 2021, the RRT was implemented to recognise and address the needs of frontline nurses and build up their confidence to identify changes in patient conditions. The added APN-led physical rounds are on proactive look out for early signs in sick patients to escalate care with timely interventions.
Active in workgroups at KKH, cluster and national level, Huang Fang is also prolific in research and publication interests which she often shares at conferences. A certified Chinese Physician, she shares her Traditional Chinese Medicine knowledge with industry peers and has volunteered over 300 evenings at the Singapore Chung Hwa Medical Institution.
A beneficiary of advanced education in nursing, she strongly believes that nurses can advance their healthcare careers through continuous learning and empowerment. An effective and open communicator, she has earned immense respect from her peers, medical colleagues and patients.
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