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What is nursing?

Nursing is a highly-skilled and well-rounded profession with diverse responsibilities. You will:​

  • Manage patients' care
  • Train caregivers to provide basic care
  • Educate patients and their families
  • Assess patients' physical and mental wellness
  • Perform clinical procedures

You can choose to develop your skills in nursing specialties such as:

  • Community health
  • Critical care
  • Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Emergency
  • Gerontology
  • Mental health
  • Medical-Surgical
  • Midwifery
  • Nephro-Urology
  • Neuroscience
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics
  • Perioperative
  • Perianaesthesia
  • Palliative care
"Every day is different. What stays the same is that I make a difference in my patients' lives."

Ahmad Zulkarnain

Staff Nurse

Ng Teng Fong

General Hospital


Why is nursing rewarding?

Besides the satisfaction of nursing patients back to health, you also have opportunities to develop your career — thanks to the CARE package from the Ministry of Health.


Career development

  • Increase opportunities for Enrolled Nurses to upgrade to Registered Nurses
  • Introduce new Assistant Nurse Clinician role
  • Boost support for nurses taking up dual portfolios
  • Redesignate the top nursing job in public healthcare institutions to Chief Nurse
  • Facilitate flexible and part-time work arrangements


  • Expand nurses' clinical accountability and decision-making authority
  • Empower nurses through technology
  • Upskill support care staff to perform work delegated by nurses


  • Increase in monthly base salary
  • Introduce new Nurse Special Payment of 0.5 month every December
  • Increase number of National Nursing Awards


  • Enhance broad-based post-registration education
  • Strengthen development of
    Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Increase sponsorships for advanced clinical education, degree and masters studies
  • Form a National Council of Nursing Education to drive nursing education excellence

What can I expect

Monthly starting base salary for Public Healthcare Institutions (PHIs) 

From July 2021, fresh nursing graduates seeking employment at PHIs can look forward to these starting base salaries. New local mid-career entrants* will be able to draw higher starting salaries depending on their years of prior work experience. Figures shown exclude fixed allowances and overtime pay, and increments for Honours or National Service for eligible males. Publicly-funded community care organisations have also been supported by the Ministry of Health to match the salaries of entry-level staff in the PHIs. Beyond starting salaries, there are annual increments factored into pay, and increases in salaries as staff move up and progress in their career and their skills/competencies. Click here for more information about progression pathways in nursing.

Typical annual wage supplement, bonuses, special payments, and other allowances.
*From Career Conversion Programmes for Enrolled Nurses and Registered Nurses. Please refer to WSG’s websites for more information: 

Career Conversion Programme for Enrolled Nurses (CCP-EN)
Career Conversion Programme for Registered Nurses [CCP-RN(Diploma)]
Career Conversion Programme for Registered Nurses [CCP-RN(Degree)]

Working hours

Nurses work in shifts, to deliver care round the clock.

Working hours

  • 7am – 3.30pm
  • 1pm – 10pm
  • 9pm – 7.30am

Typical working hours

38 – 42 hours per week

Benefits of shift work

  • Allowance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Work-life balance


As a nurse, you get to work in different healthcare settings. These include polyclinics, general hospitals, community hospitals and nursing homes.

National Healthcare Group

  • Institute of Mental Health
    Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
    Yishun Community Hospital
    Tan Tock Seng Hospital
    National Skin Centre
    National Healthcare Group Polyclinics

National University Health System

  • Alexandra Hospital
  • National University Hospital
  • National University Cancer Institute
  • National University Heart Centre
  • Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
  • Jurong Community Hospital
  • Jurong Medical Centre

Singapore Health Services

  • Changi General Hospital
    St. Andrew's Community Hospital
    Peacehaven Nursing Home
    KK Women's and Children's Hospital
    Sengkang General Hospital
    Sengkang Community Hospital
    Singapore General Hospital
    Bright Vision Hospital
    National Cancer Centre Singapore
    National Dental Centre Singapore
    National Heart Centre Singapore
    National Neuroscience Institute
    Singapore National Eye Centre
    SingHealth Polyclinics

Community care organisations

  • Ang Mo Kio – Thye Hua Kwan Hospital
  • Assisi Hospice
  • All Saints Home
  • Bright Hill Evergreen Home
  • Dover Park Hospice
  • Econ Healthcare
  • HCA Hospice Care
  • Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital
  • Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home
  • MWS Bethany Nursing Home
  • MWS Home Care & MWS Home Hospice
  • Home Nursing Foundation
  • NTUC Health Nursing Home
  • Pacific Healthcare Nursing Home
  • Ren Ci Community Hospital
    Saint Theresa's Home
    SATA CommHealth
    Singapore Association of Mental Health
    Society for the Aged Sick
    St. Andrew’s Community Hospital
    St. Andrew’s Nursing Home
    St Luke’s ElderCare
    St Luke’s Hospital
    The Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home
    Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities
    Thye Hua Kwan Nursing Home
    TOUCH Community Services
    The National Kidney Foundation
    United Medicare
    Vanguard Healthcare
"Caring for patients in a polyclinic gives me a sense of achievement and responsibility."

Rajwant Kaur

Staff Nurse

National Healthcare Group Polyclinics



What is my nursing journey?

For O or A level holders, your nursing career begins with a diploma or degree. Upon graduation, you will become a Registered Nurse. You will start your career as a Staff Nurse and advance to one of the following tracks:

Management – Lead a team of nurses and oversee ward operations

Clinical – Provide direct care to patients

Education – Equip fellow nurses with higher nursing skills

For N level holders, you will pursue a Nitec in Nursing and start off as an Enrolled Nurse. You can upgrade your skills to become a Registered Nurse.