Cabin crew: Taking duty of care to the skies

Aug 22, 2017

Singapore Airlines cabin crew Ann Sim shares how her background as a trained nurse – harking back to the vocation of the first-ever female cabin crew in 1930 – and voluntary medic stands her in good stead on board a flight.

Having majored in nursing, Ann Sim worked as a staff nurse in Changi General Hospital for three years before joining Khoo Teck Puat Hospital as an emergency medicine nurse for another two years.

“I wanted a change of environment; to do something out of my comfort zone,” she says when asked what prompted her to make the move to Singapore Airlines.

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Singapore Airlines cabin crew Ann Sim

From being always on the move in scrubs and trousers, Sim found that having to don the Singapore Girl kebaya and to adopt a more gracious manner of speaking were among the challenges she faced as a new cabin crew. “I’m thankful for the facilitators and friends in my training batch who helped to look out for me,” shares Sim. “They remind me that I should walk more gracefully.”

In the fourth year of her career with the Airline now, Sim has not left her nursing training behind – she still volunteers as a medic with the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Auxiliary Unit. “It helps me to stay updated with what goes on in the medical world, and get hands-on experience instead of just reading books.”