Pauline Tan offered prestigious award

Over twenty years ago Pauline Tan Chief Nursing Officer from the Ministry of Health in Singapore received her Bachelor of Nursing at La Trobe University.  Today she received an Honorary Doctorate of Nursing for her years of dedication and devotion to the nursing profession.

Dr Pauline Tan ‘I am deeply humbled and honoured to receive this very prestigious award and extremely grateful to the Academic Board and La Trobe University for conferring me this distinguished recognition,’ Dr Tan says.

Dr Tan will be forever grateful for the opportunity to study at La Trobe as she feels her time at the University prepared her for challenges nurses face everyday.  

‘With hindsight the rigorous preparation, which was challenging for a young nurse back then, was fundamental in equipping me with the abilities to weather the toughest of challenges that I have encountered in the course of my work’.  

‘La Trobe prepared me well for the various leadership positions I assumed as I progressed in my career and in recent years as the Chief Nursing Officer for my country,’ she says.

She says that the University has very close links with both Singapore and the nursing field.  In 1997 the Singapore Nurses Association (SNA) partnered with La Trobe to launch the Bachelor of Nursing programme in Singapore, which is still one of the most popular choices of post-registration nursing studies.
‘This year, we will be admitting our 15th intake and more than 1000 nurses have since graduated from the programme in Singapore,’ Dr Tan says. 

In September last year La Trobe and SNA forged another milestone to launch the Master of Nursing programme in Singapore.

‘The inaugural batch of 23 candidates is comprised of current nurse leaders from Singapore’s diverse healthcare settings.  All of whom are committed to learning new ways of thinking and innovative approaches to improve the healthcare outcomes of the population with whom they work’ she says.

La Trobe University Chancellor Professor Adrienne Clarke said the honorary award recognised the extraordinary pioneering contribution that Dr Tan had made to nursing.

‘She has worked tirelessly and led by example in her efforts to provide nurses with the best education possible to improve health outcomes for people and to ensure nursing continues to evolve as a profession.’

Lisa Prowling
La Trobe University Media and Communications Officer
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