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HCA Hospice Care Satellite Nurse Manager wins 2013 Nurses’ Merit Award.
13 March 2014

HCA Hospice Care is proud to announce that our very own Goh Sock Cheng, Satellite Nurse Manager, has been awarded the Nurses’ Merit Award by the Ministry of Health.The award ceremony was held at the Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre on 3 July 2013, and recognised a total of 77 nurses across public and private hospitals, and the intermediate and long-term care sector. Award recipients were commended for their consistent and outstanding performance over the last three years, participation in professional development, and contributions to promoting a professional image of nursing.

Sock Cheng has served in HCA Hospice Care for over seven years and holds a love for palliative and hospice care. In 2012, she had also received the Health Manpower Development Programme –Intermediate and Long Term Care (HMDP-ILTC) Award, earning the opportunity to advance her learning through a Graduate Certificate Programme in Palliative Care under Flinders University (Australia).

The effective and compassionate palliative care Sock Cheng advocates requires a deep respect for the dignity and rights of her patients. By prioritising her patients’ needs, she provides holistic care for her patients by not only treating their physiological symptoms, but also tackling the root of their problems.

Ms Goh Sock Cheng (right) receiving the Nurses’ Merit Award from Ms Amy Khor, Minister of Health and Manpower (left).

These nurses are exemplary in consistently providing compassionate and quality care to their patients…Their numerous contributions, whether at the institutional or national level, are greatly valued and appreciated.

– Dr Pauline Tan,
Chief Nursing Officer

We were particularly touched by Sock Cheng’s efforts and tender care, support, advice, help and encouragement. Sock Cheng is truly a dedicated medical worker … no words can express our deep appreciation to her.

– A grateful caregiver in her letter of appreciation to Sock Cheng

She approaches her work with humility, constantly improving her practices and skills through courses and self-checks. She respects caregivers as important ‘partners in care’, integrating her treatment with their opinions and expectations for her patients’ best interests.Besides acting as role model for her subordinates, Sock Cheng is an enthusiastic mentor for advanced diploma nurses, medical students, and visiting doctors. She readily volunteers her time outside of working hours to train caregivers in HCA Hospice Care’s Saturday Palliative Caregivers Programmes.

‘I am grateful to be a nurse and enjoy every stage of my nursing journey,’ says Sock Cheng. ‘The opportunities to learn, grow and give are just enormous. The essence of nursing – caring for others in their time of need – has sustained me throughout my career, and I believe it will keep me going till I retire.’

Altruism, compassion, human dignity, social justice and equality are some values that I treasure. Being a nurse allows me to put these values into practice when I care for an ill person.

– Sock Cheng,
Satellite Nurse Manager