Keng Kwang started his career as a clinical nurse at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), Singapore, in 1996. He moved to Nursing Administration as a Senior Staff Nurse in 1998 and was subsequently promoted to Director of Nursing in October 2011 (and re-designated as Chief Nurse in 2015), when he oversaw a 3800-strong nursing workforce in the same 1700-bedded hospital.
In his years in Nursing Administration at TTSH, he has been involved in strategic planning, manpower development, clinical operations and quality management. He played key roles in leading the Nursing Division in the Hospital’s quests for JCI accreditations, and nursing transformation through the Ward of the Future (2011) and Ward without Walls (2019) projects, which entrust nurses to lead the innovation and redesign of new transitional models of care to enhance patient’s recovery from hospital to home/community.
He has also invested much efforts in professional development of nursing. He oversaw the establishment of Shared Governance and Governance Councils in 2013 to harness the potential of all nurses at TTSH. In his belief to raise the profile of nursing through communities of practice in Asia, he and his team set up the Centre for Asian Nursing Studies (CANS) in September 2016. He had also been instrumental in introducing innovative technology to nursing practice, most notably the RFID-enabled Thermosensor and contactless sensing and anticipative response (Presage) projects at TTSH.
Since October 2020, he serves as the Group Chief Nurse of National Healthcare Group (NHG), overseeing the development and practice of close to 8000 nurses in the cluster of institutions under the umbrella of NHG. As the first Group Chief Nurse of NHG, he aims to further strengthen the role and competency of nurses in acute care and population health management through robust professional development, manpower optimization, and use of appropriate technology.