The Hospital Attachment Programme 2016 was held from 21 November to 16 December 2016. Close to 300 adult and cadet St John members were given the exclusive opportunity to shadow nurses in 6 restructured hospitals over a 5-day period.
The Hospital Attachment Programme (HAP) is an annual programme jointly organised by the St John Brigade and the Ministry of Health Holdings (MOHH). Members aged 15 and above with a valid Basic Home Nursing certificate are welcomed to participate in a 5-day attachment programme in Singapore’s restructured hospitals. The HAP is a rare opportunity for cadets to put their Home Nursing knowledge into practice, with a focus on the practical actions required to manage health, patient safety, and resource requirements. A preceptor is assigned to the members to ensure that their learning objectives are met.
Zhang Yuxin, from Zone 7 Nan Hua High School Corps, had the privilege to attend the HAP this year and was hosted by the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). “I felt really thankful that I chose to join the HAP. In these short 5 days, I managed to learn and see many new and interesting things that I’ve never knew or seen before. I managed to overcome my fear of approaching the patients, especially the elderly ones; I was originally afraid of them as they appear quite aloof, but after interacting with them, I realise they really enjoyed talking to us and are very nice! The HAP has inspired me to consider choosing the medical or nursing career in the future!”