Jayanthi Mary Ann Arokiaswamy

Class of  2007 Diploma in Nursing

Class of 2013 Advanced Diploma in Nursing (Ophthalmic)

Eye Nurse, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital

Jayanthi graduated from the Diploma in Nursing course and the Advanced Diploma course in Ophthalmology at Nanyang Polytechnic. Since then, she has been working as an Eye Nurse at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.


Why did you choose Nursing as your career?

Since young, I grew up with my uncles and aunts who are nurses so maybe some of their passion rubbed off on me. I wanted to become a nurse since the age of seven. Seeing my uncle suffer from Leukaemia and seeing the struggles he had to go through made my passion even stronger. I wanted to care for the sick and I felt it was my calling and a blessing from God to be able to serve those in need.


What was the most memorable moment you had in NYP?

I have learnt a lot from NYP. I have been blessed with an abundance of knowledge and experience  from my lecturers and mentors. The fun moments I had in NYP would be the time spent with my friends and lecturers. During our breaks, we used to sit together sharing useful information and  eventful moments resulting in our passion of nursing to grow stronger.


What is interesting about your job?

It is interesting to see how people react in times of crisis. Having worked during the SARS period where we were all not prepared for the outbreak, I was faced with discrimination just because I was in uniform and I served the sick. 15 years on, with the Covid-19 corona virus outbreak, even with so much information being shared and precautionary measures put in place, people in the medical profession are still facing the same discrimination. This needs to change. As medical professionals, we are doing our part to care for people. It will be nice for people to do the same for us.


How would you like to give back to your alma mater?

I would love to come back to NYP share the knowledge and experiences that I have gained on the job that could be useful to future nurses. I would also like to show my gratitude to the School that has brought me this far in my passion and career.


Do you have any words of advice for juniors?
Don’t do it because someone told you to. Don’t do it because you have nothing else to pursue. Do it because you want to. Being a nurse is a decision that must come from the heart.