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Never Quit, Never Give Up! A Motivational Story by an IMU Nursing Alumna

03 Jan 2022

Tan Jia Hui, IMU Nursing Science Alumna (in the photo above), at her graduation cermony on 14 December 2021.

On 14 December 2021, we witnessed and celebrated the IMU convocation ceremony at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. A moment that all of us have been waiting for since 2020. It was indeed a glorious and joyful event since the convocation has been delayed for almost two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many happy and delighted faces were seen among us while proud smiles beamed at us by the lecturers during the convocation. Back in September 2018, coming alone all the way from Sarawak, with great enthusiasm and passion, I enrolled into the Bachelor of Nursing Science (Hons) Post Registration programme. The orientation week was very packed with briefings and face- to-face lectures.

Tan Jia Hui, IMU Nursing Science Alumna, recounts her IMU experience.

The programme is using a blended mode approach which includes face- to-face classes, online lectures/tutorials, assignments, skills practicum and examinations that were designed for working nurses. It was a roller coaster journey as everyone were struggling to cope with study while juggling with heavy workload and family commitments. We were taught to apply self-directed learning and critical thinking skills during our studies. There were times where I cried and felt demotivated in coping with my studies. No words can describe how grateful I am for having strong moral and emotional support from my batch mates who are from various states. In addition, we were constantly guided and motivated by the nursing lecturers.

During my last semester’s research project, it was a tough yet fruitful journey as I was very blessed to have Dr Chang Woan Ching as my supervisor. She constantly guided me throughout my journey in completing my studies.

There were times I felt lost but her persistent motivation ensured that I did not stray away from the right path. It was a continuous learning process, and I eventually completed my studies. I also published a research article in the Malaysian Journal of Nursing with Dr Chang’s inspiration.

I realised that this is a never-ending learning process in search for knowledge and skills for professional growth and development. This has encouraged me to further pursue my postgraduate study in Master of Medical Science in University of Malaya.

Overall, it was a delightful journey in pursing higher education with International Medical University. I am proud to say that I graduated from this prestigious university.

Written by Tan Jia Hui, Alumna, NS218 Bachelor of Nursing Science (Hons) Post Registration Reviewed by Dr Lim Swee Geok/Chow Suh Hing

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