Press Release

Minister O´Malley addresses the Annual Conference of the Psychiatric Nurses´ Association

The Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children with special responsibility for Disability, Mental Health Services and Food Safety, Mr Tim O´Malley, TD, today (22 April 2004) addresses the Annual Conference of the Psychiatric Nurses´ Association held in Limerick.

The Minister welcomes the fact that, while applications for third level courses in 2004 have declined by 4% on 2003, the number of applications for nursing is up by 15%. The increases for psychiatric and mental handicap nursing are even higher.

An analysis of the CAO applications for 2003 shows that 12.5% of applicants are male. Commenting on this, the Minister said “I would especially urge men to consider nursing as a career choice. Nursing is a satisfying and rewarding career, and there are more opportunities for career development than ever before”.

The Minister also speaks about the Health Reform Programme and states that the reforms envisaged expanded and extended roles for nurses and midwives and it is essential that service providers, other healthcare professionals, and nurses and midwives themselves embrace the opportunities presented.