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CANS was established in 2016 to generate nursing thought-leadership that is uniquely Asian focused.

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Here at CANS, we empower nurses to be changemakers who improve key health outcomes.

We are aligned with the foci of Singapore's healthcare sphere, namely in the clinical care streams of wound, diabetes mellitus, population health, infectious dise​ases, and frailty.

We seek to consistently refine care models, ensuring the Future Work of nurses is always up-to-date and meaningful.

We hope to reshape the Future Workforce of nurses, ensuring our workforce is ever-ready to respond to the demands of an increasingly dynamic healthcare landscape.

Lastly, we aim to redesign nurses' Future Workplace, ensuring that the design of the work environment complements and enables our nurses' work.


A thought leader for the future of nursing.


To shape the future work of nurses, grow the future workf​​orce and evolve the future workplace to achieve sustainable outcomes for our patients, population and people through strategic partnerships and collaboration.


  1. To establish learning networks within the region to advance nursing practice, build capabilities and create opportunities for collaboration.
  2. To connect leaders to explore new models of care, workforce transformation strategies and work environment improvements.
  3. To advance nursing research, innovation and education through exchanges, joint faculty development and multi-centre collaborations.

Co-Learning, Co-Creating and Co-Leading

CANS supports the projects run by these 5 Clinical Care Streams, as aligned with the foci of Singapore's healthcare system:

  1. Wound
  2. Diabetes Mellitus
  3. Population Health
  4. Infectious Diseases
  5. Frailty Care Stream.

These Clinical Care Streams seek to improve and implement innovative and pioneering solutions to inevitable problems of the future.

With our Research, Innovation and Education Faculties and Advisory Council, comprising local and overseas partners, our goal is to grow our sustainable network.

This network enables us to Co-Learn, Co-Create, and Co-Lead with our partners, sharing knowledge and resources, creating and implementing advanced solutions to local and global challenges.

Through building connections, communities of practice, and coalitions of change, we will all lead in charting the growth of Asian nursing together.


​Advancing Perioperative Practice & Safety Programme (APPS)

This programme was created to create a platform for learning and sharing to meet the current challenges in the field of peri-operative nursing.

It comprises of three units and is structured to promote co-learning and co-leading among participants. There are also opportunities to broaden the scope of learning via site visits. The three units are:

  1. Peri-operative Management
  2. Operating Theatre Utilisation
  3. Quality and Patient Safety

Woundexpert Initiative Chronische Wunden (ICW) Programme (Asia)

This wound care programme is co-organised by Wound Healing Society of Singapore and Zuellig Pharma. It is led by ICW-certified trainers Dr Chew Khong Yik, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Singapore General Hospital and Ms Diane Eng, Nurse Clinician at TTSH, with support from an international pool of wound care experts.

The programme covers topics such as management of wound infection, coordination or care for patients with chronic wounds and multidisciplinary approaches to wound management. There are also two days of observational clinical attachments.


Aging-sensitive Nursing Care for Healthsystem OldeRs (ANCHOR)

ANCHOR programme aims to equip the nursing teams from collaborating institutions with geriatric nursing knowledge and skills in promoting geriatric sensitive care. ANCHOR trained nurses are empowered to take the lead to optimise care for older adults in the healthcare setting through health promotion, comprehensive geriatric assessment, holistic management, care transition planning and coordination. ANCHOR believes in promoting aging-sensitive care through education, leadership support, innovation and research.


Community Health Programme for Healthcare Professionals

​With the greying population in Singapore, there is an emerging need to build capabilities beyond the nursing profession. In order to deliver better care in the community, healthcare professionals need to develop competencies attributing to nursing and allied health. The population health model underscore​​​​​s the need to promote health in the community.

Secretariat, Centre for Asian Nursing Studies

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