Deputy Premier Dr Sim: Nurses must ‘evolve’, specialise to keep up with changes in health care

A group photo of guests with Dr Sim attending the Nursing Profession Development Seminar 2024 at the Borneo Cultures Museum in Kuching on May 12, 2024.

By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, May 12: It is vital for nurses in Sarawak to ‘evolve’ and specialise in various nursing fields to keep up-to-date with the ever-changing nature of health care, says Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Dr Sim Kui Hian.

“I foresee that in the next ten years in Sarawak, nurses have to evolve and must specialise in various nursing fields.


“We need nursing specialists as medical care in the future will practice the art of medical precision technology in the use of artificial intelligence to manage patients and their environments,” he said.

Therefore, he encouraged them to do basic post-nursing in their fields of study, such as a degree, master’s, and even a doctor of philosophy.

He said this while officiating the Nursing Profession Development Seminar 2024 in conjunction with World Nursing Day 2024 at the Borneo Cultures Museum today with the theme ‘Our Nurses Our Future-The Economic Power of Care’.

Dr Sim, who is also the Sarawak Public Health, Housing, and Local Government Minister, reiterated Sarawak had successfully endeavoured into the field of clinical and medical research and set up specialised centres such as Sarawak Cancer Centre here in the region.

Thus, he elaborated that the State’s medical care needs to move to the next level, that its nurses and paramedics need to evolve and that the Sarawak government will, too, evolve with them.

At the same time, Dr Sim said he wanted nurses to be sustainable in their practices and work environment, as sustainability is one of the pillars of the Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030 (PCDS2030).

Opar assemblyman Billy Sujang, Sarawak Health deputy director Dr Rohani Mat Bah, Public Health Specialist Dr Noor Baizura Ismail, and the Public Health and Nurses Association Kuching chairperson Fatimahwati Bakawi were also present. — DayakDaily