Michelle Foh Ming Yee

High achiever scholarship holder opts for nursing despite family objections.

"It wasn't just my mother. But my aunts and grandma also got in the act when I told them I wanted to be a nurse," says Michelle Foh Ming Yee, a final year student in Nilai University's BSc (Hons) in Nursing programme. "They warned me that this was a very difficult and stressful profession." The 22-year old who hails from Miri, Sarawak also says that having scored 10As in SPM, her folks had wanted her to apply to medical school or even consider accountancy. But the gregarious young lady had made up her mind that she really wanted to be at the frontline of healthcare. They finally relented when her exemplary results landed her a High Achiever Scholarship from Nilai University which covers 100% of the tuition and accommodation fees.

"I wanted to be in an exciting profession where things are happening. I really did not want to be desk bound, which being an accountant would have entailed," explains Michelle. "As for being a doctor, I was keen to be involved in the healing of patients up close instead of visiting each patient for a few minutes each day. As a nurse, we are closely involved in the healing and recovery process of patients. Let me just say this, there is no better feeling in the world as when you help another human being recover."

Of course, the monetary incentive is also worth considering. Many students are already aware of the lucrative salaries being offered to experienced nurses abroad. Michelle is also quick to point out that in many countries which are popular emigration destinations, nurses are among the top 'wanted' professionals. "Being in a high demand profession does underline how important we are to healthcare. Nurses are indispensable. We are the life blood of any hospital and are the ones who ensure that everything is working smoothly," she says proudly.

As for an exciting career, her stints in various emergency rooms and ICUs during her internship has confirmed what she already knew all along. Nursing is a demanding profession but offers plenty of drama and excitement on a daily basis. "How many jobs out there truly deal with matters of 'life and death'? I take great pride in that I am helping save someone's life every time I go to work," she highlights.

With her ability to lift up the morale of the patients in the hospital ward with her never ending smile and cheerful nature, Michelle's bedside manner would seem a natural fit for the job. "Students who are considering applying to nursing must do so because they have a genuine desire to help the sick and the infirm. One cannot be motivated by money alone, as that would only lead to frustration and unhappiness," she states.

Michelle is keen to highlight the many benefits of applying to Nilai University nursing programmes (which include a diploma option). Firstly, she points out that Nilai University has some of the best teaching facilities for nursing. "We are lucky to be able to hone our skills on the human patient simulator, which is the state of the art ‘living’ mannequin. Nursing students can practice CPR, administrating medication and even their bedside manner with the mannequin. This is a very expensive piece of equipment that allows us to practice our skills in a controlled environment, something which cannot be done in real-life emergency scenarios," she explains.

Secondly, Michelle is quick to credit her lecturers whom she says are a very experienced and are very keen to share their knowledge with the students. Thirdly, Nilai University is a multi-discipline institution which allows for a full 'university' experience unlike studying in a dedicated nursing college.  To enable more students who aspire to take on the Nursing profession, now there is a further financial incentive as students can commence their nursing studies at Nilai University with just RM100 with free accommodation. All other fees such as registration and resource fees are waived, which allow for savings of up to 30%.

"What more can students ask for? I would advise all those who have the necessary grades to grab this opportunity and check out the nursing programmes at Nilai University. It is an affordable option that allows for a rewarding career as a healthcare professional," she says, while flashing that winsome smile.

Nilai University was established in 1997 and is located in the peaceful suburb of Putra Nilai, just 30-minutes south of Kuala Lumpur City Centre and a mere 15-minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. All of its programmes are approved by the Ministry of Education and accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency. For more information, please go to www.nilai.edu.my or call 06-8502308.