A nursing intern with passion and a warm heart
Christine Ng, a Year 4 student on the full-time Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in General Health Care programme, thought that good organizational skills for managing a ward would be the most important skill for a nurse. But upon starting the practicum last year, she found that nurses need to be multi-skilled, with good communication skills and the ability to respond flexibly.
Christine believes that a nursing intern should be well-versed in the skills taught in the classroom as they can all be applied in the context of the ward. 'I go over my notes before entering the ward. Otherwise, patients will suffer from our mistakes,' she said.
Christine has learnt that every patient has individual needs. For example, an elderly patient who felt nervous every time he had his blood pressure taken became much more comfortable after the procedure was explained to him. 'Just a word can make a big difference. In addition to giving clinical service to patients, I hope to soothe their soul a little as well.'
In 2014, Christine became Chairperson of the OUHK Student Nursing Society. She is truly passionate about the subject. 'I really feel tired sometimes but whenever I enter the ward, I am immediately refreshed.' She was once reprimanded by a senior colleague but maintains a positive attitude: 'I know my colleague corrected me so that I won't make the same mistake again.' Christine always shares her enthusiasm with a smile. 'I'm so glad that I can do what I really want to and at the same time help others.'