Community Care Manpower Development Award (CCMDA) 2021

Naw Bway Pale Wah, 44, staff nurse and mother of two, never imagined going back to the classroom some twenty years after her graduation. Now, the avid learner is not only a role model for her two sons, she also looks forward to contribute meaningfully to patient care in the future.

Pale Wah joined St Luke’s Hospital as a nursing aide in 2006. Over the years, she took every opportunity to enhance her capabilities, from nursing courses to even language courses, with the hopes of communicating and caring better for her patients. As she builds her capability, she was suitably promoted in rank and responsibilities. Now a staff nurse, she takes on higher nursing responsibilities in caring for patients to recover, return home and reintegrate into the community.

Pale Wah is now undertaking an 8-months full-time Diploma of Nursing in Gerontology at Nanyang Polytechnic, supported by the Community Care Manpower Development Award (CCMDA).

“I am grateful for this opportunity to further my knowledge and to make a greater impact on patients’ lives. I hope to incorporate the gained knowledge into the care management for the ageing population. With it, to also develop innovative solutions to meet these challenges,” said Pale Wah.

Pale Wah is one of 14 staff from St Luke’s Hospital who received their awards at the CCMDA ceremony, held virtually on 23 September 2021.

Administered by the Agency for Integrated Care – AIC Singapore, CCMDA provides new entrants, including students and mid-career switchers, and staff working in the sector with opportunities to develop professionally and grow their career in Community Care.