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IMH celebrates Nurses' Day, honours outstanding nurses with 14 awards

Awards were given to outstanding nurses for their contribution towards excellent patient care and teamwork.

SINGAPORE: One thousand nurses at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) celebrated Nurses' Day this afternoon (July 31), and 14 awards were given to outstanding nurses for their contribution towards excellent patient care and teamwork.

Among the award winners was Advanced Practice Nurse Raveen Dev, who received this year's Nightingale Award. Mr Dev has spent 13 years serving at the hospital, where he also acts as a mentor to the younger nurses.

He would like to encourage more to join the profession, and to take up psychiatric nursing in particular. "I think it's a very rewarding career. As you go along, you learn a lot about yourselves, other people and also their struggles. And having the ability to help people to recover from their illnesses is a very personal and rewarding journey in life," he said.

The Star Award was presented to Staff Nurse Wendy Tan for going the extra mile for her patients. Ms Tan used to be a marketing executive in a travel agency but entered nursing after reading a book about the profession.

Ms Tan says she has "always been very interested in mental health issues," and hopes to change peoples' attitudes towards mental health. 

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