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    School of Nursing and Health Studies
    Young nurse discovers the importance of lifelong learning

    Queenie Kwan
    Higher Diploma in Nursing

    Queenie Kwan joined the Hong Kong Red Cross since Form 1 where she had the opportunity to learn about first aid and to participate in various volunteer services. Since then, helping others is more than joy for Queenie, as it also leads to her decision to become a nurse. After completing Form 7 in 2010, she enrolled immediately in the nursing programme at the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital, hoping to become a qualified nurse in the shortest period of time. Queenie successfully became an Enrolled Nurse in 2012, and decided to continue onto the Higher Diploma in Nursing in 2013 at the OUHK to become a Registered Nurse.

    Queenie noted that many serving nurses see OUHK as an ideal institution for further studies as the qualification by OUHK is widely recognized by professional bodies. The programme offers highly flexible learning modes which could accommodate their busy work schedule. Although Queenie was enrolled in a distance-learning programme and did not spend much time with her tutors and fellow classmates when compared to other full time students, she was constantly moved and inspired by their dedication and enthusiasm in pursuing professional knowledge during lectures and tutorial discussions. She also said that since the classes were run in smaller groups and that students of both General and Mental Health Nursing were put in the same class, tutors and students have more opportunities to interact and discuss.

    Besides, Queenie was particularly impressed by the extensive collections of materials in the University’s libraries and online database, which not only provided great help to her assignments, but also exposed her to a lot of latest information and knowledge.

    More importantly, the learning experience gained at the OUHK allowed Queenie to have a deeper understanding of the importance of lifelong learning. She is now doing the Bachelor of Nursing programme and plans to pursue a master's degree in the future. “As an old Chinese saying goes ‘learning is like rowing a boat upstream. Either you paddle hard to move forward or you get flushed away’. I would not be able to keep up with the changing technologies in the healthcare sector if I stop learning. In the future, I wish to further my knowledge and skills in the field of Psychotherapy so as to better care for my patients.

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