Nurses (Amendment) Rules, Approval Instrument, 1949

Publication Date:January 01, 1949
 
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1949No. 1104

The Nurses (Amendment) Rules, Approval Instrument, 1949

13thJune1949

14thJune1949

16thJune1949

M.H. 109361.

Whereas the General Nursing Council for England and Wales have, in pursuance of their powers under section 3 of the Nurses Registration Act, 1919(a), and section 14 of the Nurses Act, 1943(b), amended the rules(c) made by them under section 3 of the Nurses Registration Act, 1919, as modified by the General Nursing Council (England and Wales) Rules Modification Order, 1923(d), and have submitted the amendments to the Minister of Health for his approval:

Now, therefore, the Minister of Health, in exercise of his powers under section 16 of the Nurses Act, 1943, and of all other powers enabling him in that behalf, hereby approves the said amendments in the form set out in the schedule hereto.

This instrument may be cited as the Nurses (Amendment) Rules, Approval Instrument, 1949, and shall come into operation on the sixteenth day of June, 1949.

SCHEDULE

GENERAL NURSING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND AND WALES THE NURSES ACTS, 1919 TO 1945

The General Nursing Council for England and Wales in the exercise of their powers under section 3 of the Nurses Registration Act, 1919, and section 14 of the Nurses Act, 1943, hereby make the following Rules:—

1. These Rules may be cited as the Nurses (Amendment) Rules, 1949, and shall be read as one with the Rules (hereinafter called the "principal Rules") made by the General Nursing Council for England and Wales under section 3 of the Nurses Registration Act, 1919, as modified by the General Nursing Council (England and Wales) Rules Modification Order, 1923.

2. The Rules entitled "Conditions of admission to Register by Examination after 30th June, 1925" contained in Part III of the principal Rules shall be amended as follows:—

(1) There shall be inserted after paragraph (5) of Rule 1, the following paragraphs:—

"(6) The Council shall keep an Index of Student Nurses and when an applicant has been accepted by an approved Training School as a Student Nurse, the Training School shall submit to the Council within thirty days of the commencement of her training her full name, evidence of age, educational qualifications, date of commencement of training and any other particulars which the Council may normally require in order that the name of such student may be recorded in the Index of Student Nurses.

(a) 9 & 10 Geo. 5. c. 94.

(b) 6 & 7 Geo. 6. c. 17.

(c) Printed by A. & E. Walter, Ltd., 9 to 17 Tabernacle Street, London, E.C. 2.

(d) S.R. & O. 1923 (No. 804) p. 729.

(7) If a Student Nurse shall for any reason discontinue her training, the Training School concerned shall report the fact to the Council; and if she has at the time of such discontinuance, completed not less than six months training, the Training School shall send the Council a statement showing the training undergone by her."

(2) Rules 2, 3, 4 and 6 are hereby revoked and there shall be substituted therefor the following rules:—

Examinations.

"2. The Council shall hold Preliminary and Final Examinations in the several subjects mentioned in the Syllabuses of Subjects for Examinations contained in the Fifth Schedule to these Rules at such times (not being less often than three times in every year), at such places, and subject to such provisions as the Council may from time to time determine.

3. The entrance fee for the Preliminary Examination shall be thirty shillings for Part I, thirty shillings for Part II, two guineas if both Parts are taken together, and three guineas for the Final Examination. The fee shall be paid before the applicant's name is entered for the examination.

Provided that where an applicant's name is entered for an examination after the 1st day of July, 1949, the entrance fees payable shall be thirty-five shillings for Part I or for Part II of the Preliminary Examination respectively, two pounds twelve shillings and sixpence if both Parts are taken together, and four guineas for the Final Examination.

4.—*(1) The Preliminary Examination shall be divided into two Parts of which Part I shall include the subjects of Elementary Anatomy, Physiology and Hygiene, and Part II shall include the subjects of First Aid and Nursing as laid down in the Syllabus of Subjects for this examination.

(2) The minimum age of entry to Part I of the Preliminary Examination, if taken before entry to a Training School, shall be seventeen years on the last day of the month in which the Written Examination is held.

(3) A candidate may enter for Part I of the Preliminary Examination if:—

(a) She produces evidence satisfactory to the Council that before entrance to a Training School, she has undergone a course of instruction recommended by the Ministry of Education and approved by the Council, which course shall include the subjects of Elementary Anatomy, Physiology and Hygiene, and shall be either a whole-time course of not less than one school year, or a part-time course of not less than two sessions, each being of at least two terms duration. A candidate for the Examination to be held in the month of June who has not yet completed such course of instruction, but who is due to complete it before the end of the following July, may enter for the Examination on production of satisfactory evidence verifying that fact, and on depositing with the Registrar an undertaking signed by the candidate that she will complete the course on the due date after the Examination, or

(b) She has completed not less than six months' training in an approved Training School or is due to complete such training by the last day of the month in which the Written Examination is held.

(4) Not more than two years may elapse between the passing of Part I of the Preliminary Examination and entry to a Training School except with the permission of the Council.

(5) Subject to the provisions of paragraph (6) of this Rule, a person shall not be entitled to enter for Part II of the Preliminary Examination unless:—

(a) her name is recorded in the Index of Student Nurses, and

(b) she has either passed Part I of the Preliminary Examination, or enters for Part I at the same time that she enters for Part II, and

(c) she has completed one year of training in an approved Training School or is due to complete such training by the last day of the month in which the Written Examination is held, and

(d) she has attended a course of lectures in the subjects prescribed for the Preliminary Examination, and has undergone practical instruction in the wards in those subjects(a), and

* New Rule 4, para. 1 substituted, see p. 2894 below.

(a) See amendment, p. 2895 below.

(e) she has deposited with the Registrar a certificate signed by the Matron, or other responsible officer of the Institution or Institutions in which her training or instruction was given and carried out, verifying that the requirements specified in sub-paragraphs (a), (b), (c) and (d) aforesaid have been satisfied.

(6) Until a date to be announced by the Council and approved by the Minister of Health, of which twelve months' notice shall be given, the requirement of paragraph (5) aforesaid as to completion of one year of training shall not apply—

(a) to a person who is undergoing a short intensive course, approved by the Council, of which not less than three months have been completed and who while service in His Majesty's Forces since the 3rd day of September, 1939,

(i) was either a Leading Sick Berth Attendant or a Senior Nursing Member in the Navy, or a Nursing Orderly Class I, or a Nursing Member Class I, or a Mental Nursing Orderly Class I in the Army, or a Leading Aircraftsman or Leading Aircraftswoman in the trade of Nursing Orderly in the Royal Air Force, and

(ii) has had not less than two years' experience in the nursing of the physically sick in a hospital under the supervision of registered nurses or trained nurses, and

(iii) has deposited with the Registrar evidence satisfactory to the Council verifying these facts;

(b) to a person who has completed not less than six months' training in an approved Training School or is due to complete such training by the last day of the month in which the Written Examination is held and has at some time after the 3rd day of September, 1939, been engaged on nursing duties in His Majesty's Forces or in the Civil Nursing Reserve or in the British Red Cross Society or in the St. John Ambulance Brigade, and as such has had not less in the aggregate than two years' experience in the nursing of the physically sick in a hospital or hospitals under the supervision of trained nurses, or in a casualty clearing station or stations with an establishment of not less than eight trained nurses, or in a mobile field hospital or hospitals of not less than 100 beds in which the establishment was not less than four trained nursing officers, or in Navy sick quarters, or sick bays in one or more of such organisations.

Provided that such person—

(i) has applied (through the Matron of the Training School) for and received permission from the Council to undergo a reduced period of training, application for such permission having been made within six months of release from His Majesty's Forces or the Civil Nursing Reserve, or from active service with the British Red Cross Society or St. John Ambulance Brigade, unless the Council otherwise decide,

(ii) has commenced her training after the 27th day of July, 1945,

(iii) has been recommended to be allowed to undergo a reduced period of training by the Matron or Matrons of the hospital or hospitals, or the Sister or Sisters in charge of the unit in which her requisite experience in the nursing of the sick was obtained, or if it was not practicable to obtain recommendations covering the full period of two years on account of frequent movements of nursing personnel during the war, was so recommended by one Matron or Sister in Charge of a unit where the applicant had served for the minimum period of six months, or by two...

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