With knowledge and skills acquired through a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Nursing degree programme at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Henry Wong Wing-hang is well on the way to fulfilling his dream of becoming a registered nurse.
"The BSc programme covers the latest techniques in nursing care and is taught by experienced professionals," says Wong, who is due to graduate from the four-year programme next June.
During on-the-job training at Prince Margaret Hospital and Kwong Wah Hospital, Wong says he has already put his theoretical knowledge into practice. "I have been able to work with experienced nurses and exchange ideas about the latest nursing techniques," Wong says.
He has also experienced some of the challenges and rewards that go hand in hand with being a student nurse. "Occasionally, patients are wary of student nurses. However, when they see how committed we are and that we have the knowledge and capabilities to help them, we earn their trust," he says.
According to Wong, his goal to become a nurse was fuelled by a desire to contribute to the community. When fully qualified, Wong says he hopes to gain experience in different areas of nursing and may specialise in mental health care.
Wong believes his nursing skills may also be useful closer to home, in taking care of his ageing parents.
Anson Lee On-sang, a year four bachelor of nursing student at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), is also convinced she has chosen the right degree programme.
"I chose to study for my bachelor of nursing at the HKU because of its reputation and well developed study environment. It provides a good learning environment with excellent facilities. For example, lecture theatres, clinical skill laboratories, a resourceful medical library, and most importantly, passionate teachers," says Lee.
She says the programme provides in-depth knowledge that enriches the understanding of nursing techniques so that nurses are able to provide appropriate care to patients compassionately and effectively.
Lee says despite the many challenges nursing can present, the number one reason for becoming a nurse is a desire to care for and work directly with people. When qualified, Lee says she would like to specialise in psychological counselling or palliative care.
"I am interested in palliative care as I think it is a meaningful speciality which will give me the opportunity to provide care for patients during the final stage of their lives," she says.