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Case study: Going back to school has never gone out of fashion for her

Pauline Tan, head of Yishun Community Hospital, has signed up for training throughout her career.

As Ms Tan rose in the ranks in her nursing career, she was appointed to positions of increasing responsibility. Whenever she believed that additional qualifications would enable her to do a better job, she furthered her studies. She was, at each turn, able to apply what she learned, to introduce changes to the system.

Ms Tan (third from right), as a young nurse with her colleagues, who were pulling a night shift back in the 1980s.

THROUGH her 39 years in the nursing profession, Pauline Tan has never let herself feel inadequate.

Whenever she was thrown in the deep end, she made sure she trod water, stayed afloat.

For her, it has meant arming herself with the skills and knowledge needed for the positions she...

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