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Enrolled nurses do have a place, says National

Hon Tony Ryall
National Party Health Spokesman

3 September 2006

Enrolled nurses do have a place, says National

There is a place for enrolled nurses in the health system, says National’s Health spokesman, Tony Ryall.

He is commenting as 36 people prepare to take the Nursing Council to court tomorrow in Wellington after having their qualifications unilaterally changed.

Midway through their enrolled nurse training course, trainees from Christchurch and Northland polytechnics were told that they would be qualifying as ‘Nursing Assistants’ instead of the long-established ‘Enrolled Nurses’.

“These 36 people feel cheated and betrayed,” says Mr Ryall.

“The wider issue here is the place of enrolled nurses.

“National believes there is an important place in the health workforce for enrolled nurses. Currently they make up a stable 12.5% of the nursing workforce.

“The current wrangle is undermining the confidence and morale of enrolled nurses throughout the country.

“At a time when there are workforce shortages everywhere, we must be mindful of using the great experience and service of the many enrolled nurses, “ says Mr Ryall.

ENDS

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