AS A nurse, Ms Ang Yi Lin is used to caring for patients in hospital wards. But since joining The Blood Services Group (BSG) of the Health Science Authority (HSA) in 2014, she also looks after the well-being of blood donors. The staff nurse, who has 13 years of experience, points out that, contrary to popular perception, nursing goes beyond taking care of patients. Ms Ang’s work responsibilities include assisting in the operational management and supervision of the blood collection programmes, and monitoring donors for any adverse reactions during the collection process. Besides these, “great customer service and interpersonal relationship skills are crucial in patient care”, she adds.
Despite her varied duties, the 36-year-old finds that working at BSG has afforded her more personal time with her loved ones. “What I like about working for BSG is that I don’t have to do night duty. As a mother, this allows me the flexibility of time to spend with my family, while still providing a very rewarding career,” she says.
Dynamic career path
BSG offers a dynamic career progression within the organisation, as nurses who are on the path to leadership roles can opt for the management or clinical track. The management track empowers them with the right training and skills to manage a team or department, and they will be entrusted with the professional and personal development of a team. The clinical track is for those who prefer to increase their knowledge and sharpen their skills in a specialised discipline of nursing care. In addition, nurses in BSG can look forward to receiving international exposure during their course of work. They can expect to attend conferences and seminars overseas, as well as network with international healthcare professionals to keep abreast of the latest research findings and state of the art technologies. As BSG is part of HSA, staff can stay updated in their respective fields through learning and development opportunities.