Singapore girl: Enlisting girls to do NS as nurses is ‘impractical’
Posted by temasektimes on August 10, 2012
One nursing undergraduate Jocelyn Tan has written to the Straits Times Forum today to rebuke a suggestion by Ng Chee Kheon to having nursing as a national service, describing it as ‘impractical’.
Ms Tan argued that nursing is not a job for everyone and making it “compulsory for Singaporean girls to serve as nurses or nursing assistants without proper training may not be the best way to tackle the shortage of local nurses, and it certainly is not in the best interest of patients.”
“Mr Ng also has the misconception that nursing is a stagnant occupation with little or no need for nurses to update themselves on relevant medical advances, since he suggests building “a pool of operationally ready local nurses”. This is a flawed perspective of nursing,” she added.
All Singapore men have to serve two years of National Service followed by many more years of reservist which causes them to enter university and working life later than their female counter-parts thereby putting them at a disadvantage in the labor market.