Puan Jamilah Ibrahim
Chief Nursing Officer Nursing Officer
Kumpulan Mediiman Sdn Bhd
DON’T be surprised.
Today , nurses must know as much as a doctor.
Doctors in cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, ENT (ear, nose and throat) , surgical and medicine for example only know in depth about their respective disciplines.
However, most of the nurses by contrast are multi-disciplinary in nature.
Like in other vocation, continuous training and uprading of knowledge become part and parcel of the nursing career.
Knowledge is vital for nurses.
The areas include interpersonal skills, such as the ability to speak and communicate effectively, emotional stability, how to solve problems, how to have empathy, how to be flexible with regard to overtime and night duty.
“With the knowledge, a good nurse assesses her patients”, said KMI chief nursing officer, Jamilah Ibrahim.
“The nurses must be alert and her response must be quick. She can’t just follow instructions. Instead, being part of the team, she should also be a problem-solver who can convince doctors.”
Today, nurses have Degree, Masters and PhD qualifications that give them the confidence needed to discuss things at par with doctors.
“Having knowledge shows that you know your job. And doctors will respect nurses who are knowledgeable, they will not be overbearing.
Jamilah who has been a nurse for more than 40 years, should know.
“Why would you want to be a nurse? Is the passion there?”, asked Jamilah.
“My father was a hospital assistant (HA) and our house was near the hospital he served. Growing up in that environment, my ambition was to be a nurse from the beginning.”
Jamilah said that if you really like nursing, evveryday is a new thing.
“Passion enables you to enjoy the work, be happy and experience almost a happy day all the time.”
How does she keep herself up to date?
Jamilah said she likes to read nursing books, gaining insights into how different hospitals and individuals tackle problems and this helped raised her confidence.