Press Release

Minister O´Malley addresses the SIPTU National Nursing Convention

The Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children with special responsibility for Disability, Mental Health and Food Safety, Mr Tim O´Malley, TD, today (28 April 2004) addressed the SIPTU National Nursing Convention in Killarney.

The Minister welcomed the fact that, while applications for third-level courses in 2004 had declined by 4% on 2003, the number of applications for nursing was up by 15%. The increases for psychiatric and mental handicap nursing were even higher.

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

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