Sudirman Bin Othman

Nurse Manager at Red Cross Home for the Disabled

by Lim Huiqi Roslyn, volunteer

What are your main responsibilities and what is your typical day like?

As the nurse manager, I ensure that nursing practices are in line with what is required by the ministries and the Singapore Nursing Board, and also maintain the welfare of the staff. I also oversee the kitchen as well as assist in certain aspects of the social work operations in the home.

Nursing covers the medical aspects of things, but we also try to bring in the social part as well, and try to integrate it. We not only look at the clients, but the families too.

After checking my emails, I’ll go around to talk to the residents and families, see my guys and get updates from the staff nurses. Then I’ll go to the kitchen and see how things are. I also have daily discussions with my team to discuss the approaches that we can take to make Singapore Red Cross Nursing rock!

What were you doing before you joined the RCHD?

After graduating from nursing school, I worked at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). I worked with clients with various addictions. There was a point in time, when I was still a “youthful” staff­nurse, when I asked myself what it was that I really wanted to do. So, I started a VWO with a group of nursing friends to do assessment on the elderly at home and how we can assist them. When everything was sorted, I decided to advance myself in terms of experience. So I left sunny Singapore for the Land Down Under to realise my nursing dream.

What would you say to someone who wants to help or volunteer with the RCHD?

The first thing that I would ask is, "are you ready to be shocked or surprised by the conditions of the residents here?" And perhaps, not just ready to be surprised but also inspired. Some of the residents are inspirations. If you come on board to volunteer, I don’t just want someone who is here today, and gone tomorrow. So what is the best way you can help me? If interaction with patients is not your cup of tea, then there are other aspects of the home that needs assistance. If you are a great cook, you can always help my chef. If you’re more technical, there’s always the wheel chairs and equipment that needs servicing. If you’re a person with a green thumb, there’s always the garden. We are trying our best to develop another garden into a therapy garden right now. There are many opportunities for you to help in the Home and the Society. So it also depends on your interest and what you want to do with us.