Nursing Research


Our team is dedicated to: 

  1. Improve patient care through evidence-based nursing practice
  2. Update nursing practice through knowledge creation and scientific enquiry
  3. Mentor and educate TTSH nurses in research and evidence-based practice (EBP)

Under the leadership of the Deputy Director (Nursing), our team leads evidence-based initiatives, nursing and inter-disciplinary research studies and function as a resource person for any nurse interested in research and EBP.

Evidence-based Nursing Practice

EBP is essential in TTSH nursing, ensuring that excellent nursing care is always delivered. Our team works closely with other key stakeholders (within and outside nursing) at keeping abreast with current evidence, determining the relevancy and feasibility of knowledge translation in the clinical setting. Recently completed projects:

  • Recognizing early deterioration in the inpatient general ward setting: An early warning score
  • Decision algorithm for Nasogastric Tube (NGT) placement checking
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  • Pressure Ulcer Care Bundle
  • Nurse-Led Catheter Bundle: Preventing urinary tract infections
  • Translating evidence into oral care practices


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


2014  NHG-HOMER Award  
2013   TTSH Pitch-for-Fund
2012  NHG-HOMER Award
2011   Singapore Ministry of Health Nursing Research Council Grant
Healthcare Quality Improvement and Innovation Grant
2009   Singapore Small Innovative Grant
Singapore Ministry of Health Nursing Research Council Grant
Health Quality Improvement Fund

For more information of each grant, click here.



  • 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)


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


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 (2014)

  • 2nd International Home Care Nurses Organization Conference
  • 2nd International Severe Asthma Forum (ISAF)
  • 26th Annual Scientific Meeting of Cardiology
  • 8th Asia Pacific Nurses Convention (ASPAN)
  • Fragility Fracture Network 2014
  • IASP - 15th World Pain Congress
  • National Seminar on Productivity in Healthcare and ILTC Quality Festival 2014 Singapore Palliative Care Conference
  • Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress 2014

Grooming aspiring Nurse Researchers

1. I’m a Nurse Scientist’ Award 


To cultivate the atmosphere of enquiry and research utilization, the Nursing Quality and Research Governance Council (link to GC page) has also set up a biennial, ‘I’m a Nurse Scientist’ Award. This award is open to all TTSH Nursing Staff and offers every nurse the opportunity to be actively involved in some form of research.

For the list of ‘I’m a Nurse Scientist’ 2013 award winners, click here.

2. Nursing Research Mentorship Program 


We also recognize the value of having clinical nurses who are attune with research and EBP in the field of nursing practice. Hence, expert nurses with experience in conducting research mentor junior nurses in the conduct of research. This mentorship includes:

  • Monthly workshop sessions covering various research topics
  • Involvement in at least one research study
  • Guidance in proposal writing and publication

At the end of this 2-year program, mentored nurses will become more confident in conducting their own research as well as being champions of research and EBP in their own area of clinical practice.

3. Knowledge Portal for Nurses (KPON)


In addition to our nurse researchers, TTSH nursing has made research and EBP more comprehensible and easy to utilize by creating a web-based, one-stop access for all things related to research and EBP. KPON provides information ranging from research methodology to protocol writing and even poster design with the aim of making research and EBP comprehensible and easy to utilize.

Partnering with You  

We are always looking for partnership opportunities with others. This includes:

  • Health care professionals interested in nursing or inter-disciplinary research collaborations
  • Individuals hoping to gain nursing research experience or looking for research partnership possibilities
  • Opportunities for fund raising to increase awareness for local nursing research and for supporting nursing research work

Please email us at or call us at 6357 1545