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AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE P.A. WELLINGTON, this day. "It is interesting to note that the Government believes there is considerable scope for the employment of male nurses and proposes to introduce a scheme for their training and registration," said Mr. J. Turnbull, secretary of the Public Service Association to-day. "The Government anticipates that the provision of means whereby registration and consequent status can be obtained will be a considerable factor in attracting men to this class of work. An even more important factor, however, will be the wages and scope for advancement offered." Mr. Turnbull said that many people might be unware that male nurses were already extensively used in the Mental Hospitals Department. They were required to pass two examinations and might thus qualify for registration as psychiatric nurses. This fact, however, had been quite inadequate to offset the adverse effect on recruitment of low wages and the situation was now so desperate that the Government considered it necessary to direct parolled military defaulters to fill the gaps in this most essential service. "The surest means of attracting men to general or psychiatric nursing," said Mr. Turnbull, "is the provision of an adequate salary scale, without which no system of training or registration will be effective in attracting and holding the type of men reciuired."

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MALE NURSES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 184, 6 August 1945

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MALE NURSES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 184, 6 August 1945

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