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Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. There was a need in the Dominion for a greater number of trained male nurses, said the Minister of Health, Mr. Norcrmeyer, when moving the second reading of the Nurses and Midwives' bill in the House of Representatives last evening. He explained that there was little new in the measure, apart from a provision to enable male nurses to be registered. The bill would be effective as from January 1, next. The bill provided that in the case of persons not previously registered the period of training prescribed was not less than three or more than five years. He understood it was the I intention of the Registration Board to set the period of three years as the term of training for male nurses. The Minister said there were a number of men who had been engaged as medical orderlies in various Service units, and who had served for a period of years. They had received comprehensive experience in nursing, and should not require to undertake much further training, apart from getting some experience they were not able to obtain while serving in the Forces. Under the provisions of the bill those men, if they so desired, would be able to undertake nursing as a permanent means of employment, and he hoped many of them would take the examination.'; and become male nurses. Job for Lifetime Male nurses, he continued, would be able to relieve female nurses in certain wards of onerous and difficult duties. It had been found that in certain cases the nursing of male patients was beyond the strength of some nurses. While male nurses would be able to serve for a lifetime that was not the case with women, whose terni of service was necessarily comparatively short on account of marriage. He hoped that many men would be trained. Already some of the major hospital boards were employing male nurses, but he hoped boards generally would recognise the value of men on their nursing staffs. The scheme proposed would not only help in the rehabilitation of returning servicenien, but would also take the heaviest tasks from the shoulders of the female nurses. The Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Holland, said that the Opposition was particularly interested in the clause in the bill providing for the registration of male nurses, because when a similar measure was before the House last year such a course was advocated by the Opposition. On that occasion, however, the Minister of Health was adamant in claiming that there was no need for their registration. Mr. Holland also sought the reason for the appointment to the Nurses and Midwives' Board of a medical practitioner on the recommendation of the Minister, instead of on the recommendation of the interested parties. The debate was interrupted by the adjournment.

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MALE NURSES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945

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MALE NURSES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945

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