Every year, on 1 August, we celebrate Singapore Nurses’ Day to commemorate the our nation’s rich nursing history. As nurses we continue to be an integral part of the healthcare structure, and our role will only grow in importance in the coming years as we look after the health of our nation, friends and families.
This year, is an iconic year for the Singapore Nurses Association as we celebrate our 60th birthday. Founded in July 1957, SNA’s main objective is to work towards recognising and enhancing the professional contributions of Nurses when two British nurses, Miss B. M. Griffin and Miss Edna George formed, what was then, the Singapore Trained Nurses’ Association (STNA) in July 1957.
Since then, SNA has grown with the support of the nusing community from becoming a member of the International Council of Nurses in 1959, having the First Lady as its Patron from 1962, to continually representing Singapore’s nurses on both local and international platforms.
This year, keeping in line with always supporting the professional development of our nurses, we are pleased to announce that we have completed the renovation of SNA House and its Training Centre, which will be officially launched on 12 August 2017, where SNA members and nurses can use to conduct meeting, in-service training, as well as seminars and talks without having to incur costly expenses at other private venues.
In addition, the SNA Board of Directors has already started working hard in preparation to host the ICN Congress 2019 in Singapore in two years time. You will hear more about ICN Congress 2019 in time to come as we reach out for support and develop opportunities to promote nursing in Singapore.
Once again, from all of us at SNA, I would like to thank you for your continued support and wish you a Happy Singapore Nurses Day.
A/Prof Lim Swee Hia
and the Board of Directors