I Left the Business World For Nursing Because of My Patients

Raymond Fun played a part in alleviating the suffering of residents in nursing homes. Find out why he chose to return to nursing after running a business. – Contributed by Care to Go Beyond.

I am Raymond Fun, Senior Nurse Manager at Pearl’s Hill Care Home.

I love sharing my stories from work and my sons are the perfect audience. I like to think that apart from being entertaining, I’m also imparting important life lessons and values to them. When I asked my 11-year-old, Ethan, what he thought about my profession, he said this: Daddy, I am proud that you are a nurse. Although you come back late sometimes, you always work hard and spend time to take care of the elderly.”

In 2002, I joined Alexandra Hospital where I spent eight years in both gerontology and emergency departments. However, after a decade, I decided to try my hand at something new and decided to run an F&B business. It was fun and taught me more about dollars and cents, but what it lacked was connections and relationships I had forged with my patients while I was a nurse. I missed the deeper relationships I had with my patients, who shared their life stories and wisdom freely. My relationships with my business partners and customers were mainly transactional and short-lived.

In 2012, I decided to return to nursing and since 2016, I’ve been working at Pearl’s Hill Care Home. I chose to go into geriatric care because it’s often overlooked and I want to play a part in caring for our seniors. I love interacting and learning from them as they have a wealth of experience. I also learn to understand their family dynamics and manage their family members.

One of my most poignant memories was for a 75-year-old female resident who adored singing. She called me “kor kor” (big brother in Chinese) and held my hands affectionately whenever she sees me. When she passed away, I was heartbroken. The nursing home had not only lost a resident, but also a songbird who brought joy to all in the home.

It is often hard to accept the passing of a resident. However, I am heartened that I have played a part in alleviating their suffering at the nursing home.

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