Dr Margaret Soon graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1993 and completed her Advanced Diploma in Critical Care Nursing in 1995. In 2005, she obtained her Master of Public Health at the University of New South Wales. She then went on to complete her PhD in Nursing with Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) in 2012.
Dr Soon's clinical experience included Critical Care Nursing in the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit, the Medical Intensive Care Unit and the Coronary Care Unit, as well as General Medical-Surgical Nursing. In 1998, Dr Soon went on to specialise in Infection Control for the next 10 years, and served through multiple outbreaks such as Nipah in 1999 and SARS in 2003.
After her return from her PhD studies in 2012, Dr Soon co-designed and implemented the Framework for Inpatient Care of the Frail Elderly (FIFE) to make Tan Tock Seng Hospital a senior-friendly one with excellent patient-centric geriatric care.
In 2018, Dr Soon joined the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) as the Director of Nursing. She led the nursing workforce in the migration from the former Communicable Disease Centre (CDC) to the new NCID building, and also works on the training of the workforce to be prepared for outbreaks of any scale. In the COVID-19 pandemic, she was in the frontline of the battle with her team of nurses to scale up NCID to cope with the outbreak.
Dr Soon's other interests include Nursing Ethics, Research and Teaching. This sees her being actively involved as member in various committees such as Singapore Nursing Board's Ethics Committee, National Healthcare Group Domain Specific Review Board, as well as an Adjunct Faculty in the Singapore Institute of Technology.