I Pursued My Dream to Become a Nurse – At 40

Can you fulfil your childhood ambition at 40? Choo Su Yee did. Learn how and why she made her dream come true. – Contributed by Care to Go Beyond

My mother objected when she found out about my dream to become a nurse. So I left that dream behind and after graduating from university, I became an accounts assistant and treaded down the path of accounting for the next decade. I also went on to complete a Master’s degree in Economics Management.

However, I never forgot my desire to help others. Even with my busy schedule, I found time to volunteer at the Sree Narayana Home for the Aged Sick, while juggling time at work and looking after my three children. Volunteering at the home made me realise again how much I loved caring for others and reignited my passion for nursing.

When my brother was admitted to the hospital for an eye injury, I saw first-hand the professionalism, dedication and compassion of the nurses who were caring for him and it reignited my passion. So learning about the Professional Conversion Programme for Registered Nurses, I felt it was life’s way of giving me another chance at going after my dream. With blessings from my husband and family, I enrolled for the Diploma in Nursing course at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP)’s School of Health Sciences.

Despite my age, my younger classmates and I had no problems communicating with each other. When I needed help with grasping certain concepts or using new technology in the classroom, I received ample assistance from my understanding classmates and lecturers. I’m proud to officially become a full-fledged Registered Nurse today.

My only regret is if I had joined nursing earlier, I would have been better equipped to care for my late mother. But I strongly believe that no one should let age stop you from achieving your dream.

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