Nursing Collage Big Forward Step

P.A. Matron Endorse Tumut Matronís View on Nursing Collage.

27 January 1950 The Land

Matron and Superintendent of Nursing of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, which is regarded as one of the leading training hospitals in the Southern Hemisphere, endorses the recommendations of Matron O'Rourke, of Tumut Hospital, who recently appealed to the Country Women's Association to lend its support to a move for Government recognition and subsidy of the recently established N.S.W. College of Nursing.

In a letter to "The Land," Matron M. F. Looker expresses the view that establishment of the College of Nursing for the training of tutor- sisters and matrons for country hospitals should do much to attract trainees to these hospitals.

Matron Looker writes:-

"I read with great interest the article in 'The Land' of January 13, regarding the setting up of the New South Wales College of Nursing.

"I could not agree more with the Matron of Tumut Hospital, Miss O'Rourke, than when she says 'The establishment of the College and purchase of the building - all in the one year - marked 1949 as one of the most progressive and memorable in the history of nursing in this State.'

"Not only does the setting up of courses to train women in the teaching of nursing, (i.e., the Sister-Tutor Course), and in nurse administration, mean progress in the profession, but it also means progress in raising the efficiency of our methods of treatment of the sick in the community.

"Matrons and nurse teachers have been at a tremendous disadvantage previously, because they have had to pick up the 'know how' of their job by a method of trial and error, which took place over many years.

They never had the advantage of having instruction from first-class people handling various aspects of administration. This method of trial and error was not only uneconomical and unbusinesslike, but it also meant that the Matron could not give the full value of her nursing service.

"Most country hospitals have very enthusiastic and warm-hearted Boards, made up of people who are keenly interested in their town and district. However, few of them know very much about the nurse's job in the hospital.

"If the Matron has been trained in all branches of her administrative position, she then has a very clear idea of what she wants and why she wants it. She is thus in a position to tell the Board members decisively what she needs for the efficient working of their hospital and the improving of its standards. This is the sort of leadership that these enthusiastic Boards require.      

"If we could have, all over the country, Matrons who had the advantage of being taught administration in this one-year course, we would overcome, to a large extent, our   present; difficulties where Matrons have to pick up their knowledge of administration the hard way. The same thing applies to teaching. The sister, through the Sister-Tutor Course, learns to impart her knowledge simply and effectively, and to handle all sorts of nurses, from the highly-intelligent to the not-so bright!

"In addition to this, the presence of a trained tutor-sister in a country hospital would increase the appeal of the hospital as a training school, and applicants for nursing would be less likely to all apply to metropolitan hospitals.

"Setting up of the New South Wales College of Nursing is not only tho greatest forward step that the profession has made for many years, but it is the greatest forward step that has been made in the health services of this State for many years, and therefore warrants Government support."

Yours faithfully,

M. P. Looker,

Matron and Superintendent of