Senior Nurse Clinician
Department of Nursing
National University Hospital




Ms Sam Pei Fen started her nursing career at the Neuroscience Unit in the National University Hospital (NUH) in 1996. During the years when there were less than a handful of neuroscience-trained nurses, she took an advanced diploma in Neuroscience Nursing. Upon her return from her studies, she was tasked with building up neuroscience nursing capabilities within the Unit, together with two other colleagues.

Under her capable and determined leadership, Neuroscience Nursing has grown. It now supports several patient programmes within the Neurology Unit. One of the milestone programmes is establishing the role of nurses in assessing, intervening and expediting care for patients with Transient Ischemic Attacks at the Emergency Medicine Department, discharging or following patients to the Neurology High Dependency Unit based on an established care protocol. A skilled neuroscience nurse clinician, Ms Sam developed and conducted attachment programme for nursing colleagues from the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Alexandra Hospital and the up–and-coming Ng Teng Fong General Hospital on the management of patients with stroke at the Emergency Medicine Department.

She is also sought after by counterparts here and abroad for her expertise in Neuroscience Nursing and was invited to conduct a series of lectures by the Hong Kong Hospital Authority for their nursing staff. Her contribution has placed the NUH Neurology Unit on the Asian map and strengthened the international healthcare network in neuroscience care.

Ms Sam is also the key facilitator in identifying and grooming potential Neuroscience Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) within the Neurology Unit for managing Parkinson’s Disease and its related conditions. The APN journey is a long and tedious one, but this people developer has been motivating other neuroscience-trained nurses to consider the APN path.

Ms Sam is a nursing professional with many talents. She is a savvy user of technology and has applied that knowledge as a key member of a group working on the development of the electronic nursing documentation system. This hospital-wide initiative demonstrated her determination to develop a system of documentation that will reduce duplication and time,which will make a difference in the long term. This electronic nursing documentation was implemented in March 2015.

In Ms Sam Pei Fen, we have a dedicated and skilled nursing leader who is a gem, one definitely deserving of the Young Achiever Award.