Susan Atieno Nyanga (in the photo below), a young 21-year-old lady left her home in Nairobi, Kenya, and flew to Malaysia in 2019 to further study a nursing programme at International Medical University (IMU). IMU is a prestigious private university which offers a 4-year full-time Nursing degree that prepares students to become registered nurses, qualified to practice in a range of settings not only in public healthcare sectors but also in the private sectors. What impressed her the most during her studies at IMU was the facilities, particularly its Clinical Skills & Simulation Centre, which provide her a perfect environment to practice her nursing skills.
How did this Kenyan girl know about IMU? Susan found out about IMU through the internet and decided to pursue her studies at IMU as IMU graduates are globally recognised, especially in Europe. Susan now is in her third year of study in Malaysia, and she is really enjoying her studies at IMU. She was lucky because she has a big brother who studying in UniKL to take care of her during her stay in Malaysia.
She said, “I find Malaysia to be a home away from home.” She found Malaysia to be an incredibly diverse country comprising of various ethnicities, languages, and cultures. She met patients from multiple racial backgrounds during her clinical placement in Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar, Seremban.
“As an international student studying nursing at IMU, I had the opportunity to socialise with patients from various racial backgrounds. This was an enlightening experience because I was able to sharpen my communication and interaction skills.” she added.
She found that food was another interesting area to explore in Malaysia.
Besides that, she got a lot of support from the people around her, including the clinical instructors, hospital staff, and her peers which make her clinical posting meaningful and effective. “My clinical posting at Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar was a very interesting and eye-opening experience. I was able to put into practice all the skills that I learned in the classroom. My clinical instructors were able to guide and supervise me as I performed all the clinical procedures. The staff nurses were very friendly, and they allowed me to carry out most of the nursing procedures in the wards.” She expressed.
As with many of us, Susan’s first choice was not nursing, she wanted to become an air hostess. However, Susan’s father encourages her to explore nursing as a career. Now, she is passionate about nursing and found nursing to be very meaningful for her because she enjoys helping others.
She added “I would say nursing is more of a passion than a career. Nursing requires patience, perseverance, and a lot of hard work from an individual. It is not easy but it’s very worth it in the end.”
She plans to work in Europe after graduating.
Written by Goh Lay Khim and Siti Hajar Ali