When Chan Pek Har (Subang Jaya, Group 2/2008) first enrolled for Nursing, she found it a challenge to study. Determined to not give up, she continued to work hard and passed her Lembaga Jururawat Malaysia Registration Examination afterwards. Pek Har went on to work with her sponsor, Hospital Pantai Ipoh and discovered it was easy to adapt to the new working environment due to the discipline instilled by her lecturers. Another factor that made it easier was her previous clinical posting at the ame hospital during her studies.
Pek Har started her career as a Staff Nurse. After 2 years of working experience, she had the opportunity to pursue her Post Basic in Orthopaedic Nursing. Upon completion, she was promoted to Senior Staff Nurse. She was later promoted as Clinical Instructor during her Degree studies with International Medical University.
As the hospital environment is very busy, she had to adapt as fast as she could. In addition to being responsible, there is also the need to have a sense of belonging to be able to take good care of patients.
Having love for patients and hands-on tasks are some of her reasons for staying in the frontline instead of administration. As a Clinical Instructor, it is 80% in clinical and 20% in management. Whenever the Nurse Manager is not around, the second person in line would be the Clinical Instructor to oversee the ward. Some of the responsibilities of a Clinical Instructor include doing morning rounds and bedside teaching with the staff nurses.
As a nurse, Pek Har also enjoys learning new diagnoses with doctor’s clinical notes whenever new patients are admitted. She sees them as quick learning and probes further to learn more when she can. In the profession, she also feels sad when her patients suffer from illnesses and diseases, and tries her best to lessen their pain by checking up and chatting with them when time permits.
“It will be hard at first when you start, however going through it stage-by-stage will be interesting.” ~Chan Pek Har