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Headed by the Assistant Director of Nursing (Research & Evidence Based Practice - EBP), Nursing Research Unit is a team of nurses who lead evidence-based initiatives, nursing and interdisciplinary research studies, and function as resource persons for nurses interested in research and EBP. 


We believe that research and EBP are integral in advancing nursing practice and improving patient outcomes.

Our team works closely with other key stakeholders, within and outside nursing, at keeping abreast with current evidence, and determining the relevancy and feasibility of knowledge translation in the clinical setting.

As a core component of the Centre of Asian Nursing Studies (CANS), we aim to contribute to future nursing developments in Asia.

Nursing Research Mentorship Programme (NRMP) 


We recognise the value of having clinical nurses who are attuned to both research and EBP in the field of nursing practice.

The NRMP was developed with this in mind, during which a group of nurses were mentored by expert nurses with research experience.

The programme included:

  • Workshop sessions
  • Involvement in research studies
  • Guidance in proposal writing and publication

Our inaugural batch of eight NRMP mentees graduated in September 2016.

Through this programme, our mentees gained confidence in conducting their own research, as well as being champions of research and EBP in their own area of clinical practice.

We are currently in the midst of preparing for the second run of the NRMP.

Nursing Research Mentorship Programme (NRMP) 

To cultivate a stronger foundation of EBP in nurses, we conduct relevant courses and workshops, such as the Evidence Based Nursing workshop.

Through such trainings, participants learnt about the fundamental concepts of data synthesis and critical appraisal, and gleaned insights on successful EBP implementation from experienced guest speakers.

Curious Cat

The NRMP graduates has worked with NRU to launch Curious Cat, a multipronged initiative that aims to spark curiosity and promote a culture of inquiry among TTSH nurses.

Curious Cat activities include:

  • Have You Ever Thought...?
    A series of posters that aim to reinforce the importance of evidence based nursing practices.
  • Curious Cat Café
    A platform that provides help for nurses with their research/EBP projects.
  • Curious Cat Thinking Space
    Display boards featuring research news articles were put up in wards to engage nurses on the ground

Multiple research and EBP projects developed/supported by NRU have since been rolled out into standard clinical practice. Our recently completed projects include:

  • Development of nurse-led protocol to confirm placement of nasogastric tube
  • Computer case-based learning to improve vital sign knowledge & attitude: A randomised controlled trial
  • Effect of a 2-day preceptor course on preceptors
  • Exploring the coping strategies of domestic helper caring for the elderly
  • Enhanced-video education’s effectiveness on nasogastric tube feeding on caregivers

TTSH Nurses continue to identify research questions in their area of practice, with many presenting their work at conferences, winning awards and/or publishing in international journals.


  • Healthcare Quality Improvement and Innovation Grant
  • NHG Research Support Scheme
  • NHG-Homer Award
  • NHG Research Support Scheme
  • Singapore Ministry of Health Nursing Research Council Grant
  • Singapore Small Innovative Grant
  • TTSH Nurse Scientist Grant
  • TTSH Pitch-for-Fund



  • Singapore Nursing Award (Silver), Singapore Health & Biomedical Congress (SHBC)
  • Best Poster Award (Nursing) (Gold) Singapore Health & Biomedical Congress (SHBC)


  • Health Professions Education Research Investigator Award (Silver), Singapore Health & Biomedical Congress (SHBC)


  • Singapore Nursing Award (Silver), Singapore Health & Biomedical Congress (SHBC)
  • Best Poster Award (Bronze), SHBC
  • Best Oral Presentation Award, Asia Pacific Nurses Convention (ASPAN)


  • Singapore Nursing Award (Gold), SHBC
  • Emerging Researchers in Aging Conference Bursary, Australia
  • Australia Pain Society Travel Grant

Selected Publications (Original Articles) 


Hong LI, Wang W, Chan EY, Mohamed F, Chen H-C. Dietary and fluid restriction perceptions of patients undergoing haemodialysis: an exploratory study. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 2017. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13739

Khong PCB, Lee LN, Dawang AI. Modeling the construct of an expert evidence-adaptive knowledge base for a pressure injury clinical decision support system. Informatics. 2017;4(3):20. doi:10.3390/informatics4030020


Lin PY, Chua WL, Mok WQ, Liaw SY. Using a case-based animation on physiological compensatory mechanism to remediate nurses' misconceptions about changes in patient vital signs. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 2016;25(3-4):566-568. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13082


Khong PCB, Holroyd E, Wang W. A critical review of the theoretical frameworks and the conceptual factors in the adoption of clinical decision support systems. Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 2015;33(12),555-570. doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000196.


Chan EY, Fransen M, Parker DA, Assam PN, Chua N. Femoral nerve blocks for acute postoperative pain after knee replacement surgery (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 5. Art.No.:CD009941.DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009941.pub2.

Chan EY, Teo YH, Assam PN, Fransen M. Functional discharge readiness and mobility following total knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis: A comparison of analgesic techniques. Arthritis Care and Research. 2014;66(11):1688–1694.


Chua WL, Mackey S, Ng EKC, Liaw SY. Front line nurses’ experiences with deteriorating ward patients: a qualitative study. International Nursing Review. 2013;60(4):501-509. 
Teoh YT, Pua LH, Chan MF. Lost in transition - A review of qualitative literature of newly qualified Registered Nurses' experiences in their transition to practice journey. Nurse Education Today. 2013;33(2),143-147. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2012.08.016.


Chan EY, Ng IHL. Oral care practices among critical care nurses in Singapore: a questionnaire survey. Applied Nursing Research. 2012;25(3):197-204.

Lathy P, Vasu A, Tay SY, Abisheganaden J, Wang M, Wong WM. The current care delivery practice for asthma at the emergency department in a tertiary hospital in Singapore. Journal of Asthma & Allergy Educators. 2012;4(1):15-21.


Hoi SY, Ismail N, Ong LC, Kang J. Determining nurse staffing needs: the workload intensity measurement system. Journal of Nursing Management. 2010;18(1):44-53.


Chan EY, Ruest A, Meade MO, Cook DJ. Oropharyngeal decontamination for prevention of pneumonia in mechanically ventilated adults: Systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ. 2007;334(7599):889-93.

Conference Presentations 

  • Annual Scientific Meeting of Cardiology
  • Asia Pacific Nurses Convention (ASPAN)
  • Fragility Fracture Network
  • International Home Care Nurses Organization Conference
  • International Severe Asthma Forum (ISAF)
  • National Seminar on Productivity in Healthcare and ILTC Quality Festival
  • Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress
  • Singapore Palliative Care Conference
  • World Congress on Pain – IASP

For TTSH Nurses

If you have new ideas for research/EBP projects, or would like to partner us in our Curious Cat initiatives, you can reach us via Workplace or email.

If you are looking for research/EBP advice, click here to leave us a message.

I’m From Another Department / Organisation

If you would like to collaborate with us, please contact us via email for further enquiries.

We are open for collaborative research in the following areas:

  1. Clinical leadership and excellence
    • Nurse-led strategies for the management of frail older adults
    • Managing caregiver stress
  2. Team-based care
    • Patient activation
  3. Workforce transformation
    • Training informal caregivers
    • Engaging the informal workforce
  4. Nursing leadership

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