Name: Sumathi Guna
Company: National University Hospital (NUH)
Role: Registered nurse
How did you end up as a nurse at NUH?
Growing up, what made me happiest was when I was helping and in the service of others. I figured if I took on a job that would let me help others on a day to day basis, it would not feel like a job to me 🙂 So I paired this up with my interest in healthcare and the role of a nurse could not be more perfect!
What is it about your job that you love so much?
I’ve always been a person who gets bored with routines. That’s one of the things that immediately drew me to nursing. No one day is the same. I can never know what to expect each day I go to work and this inconsistency in pace makes it very exciting.
What is a typical day at work like at NUH?
As an ICU nurse, I start off with receiving reports on the patients I am caring for, that day. I then carry out comprehensive physical assessments, serve medications, identify and discuss patients’ needs with the medical team and carry out the treatment plans.
What are some words you would use to describe the community/environment of NUH?
If I could think of 3 at the top of my head about being in the intensive-care unit, it would be challenging, nurturing and dynamic.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I truly believe that “knowledge is power”. So, I hope to pursue my further studies in nursing; possibly completing the critical care nursing course, and in the long run, to pursue my masters in clinical nursing and become an Advanced Practice Nurse.
Any words of advice to those who are looking to pursue a career in your field?
The road is definitely not an easy one to take but then again, the things that are truly worth it, are never easy.
Nursing is not only a profession, it is a often a calling. It requires big guts to take up the roles and it brings about valuable life skills that you can use in your personal life. In a nutshell, it can help you in becoming the best version of yourself.