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Everglow Nurses’ Programme

National Healthcare Group (NHG) advocates the continual re-design of jobs not just to attract mature workers to enter healthcare but also to provide career development opportunities for their employees.

Ms Manickam Maragtham, 54-year-old Nurse Clinician from the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), was awarded a scholarship to study a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education in 2009. “I was delighted to hear that I was successful in my application. Initially, I was sceptical about being over the age of 50, whether I will be benchmarked against my younger colleagues. Now I truly believe that NHG had embarked on this journey for mature professionals like me to grow and develop till we retire.”

NHG has introduced Everglow Nurses’ Programme which invites retired nurses to opt for creative jobs in the areas of training, promoting patient safety and maintaining clinical standards of care. Everglow is an opportunity to remain in the workforce under a flexi-hour work scheme.

Mr Harbhajan Singh, 67, Senior Nurse Manager at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), is one of the longest-serving male nurses in Singapore, having spent 49 years as a nurse. Re-employed after 62, he changed portfolios and learnt new skills to provide administrative support to the hospital’s Nursing Services. He continually upgrades his computer, writing and communication skills to help him perform more effectively. In 2008, he won the Active Agers Award presented by the Council for Third Age.