Hospital matrons in trousers are still comparatively rare. But it is possible for a man to qualify for such a job, the Principal of Havering Technical College reminded students last week.
Mr. F J. Janes, MA, was speaking at the presentation of progress and achievement awards to 18 students on nursery nursing courses. Pointing out that as yet no boys had entered for the pre nursing course, he said: “Now that it is possible for men to become matrons, Havering boys should think of nursing as a career and I hope soon to see some lads taking a course to become SRN’s.
Mrs A B. Meering, vice president of the national association of nursery matrons, who presented the prizes told the nursing students that she “feels there is a future for you because conditions are changing rapidly now that mothers are going out to work”.
Two Havering girls who spend their time looking after children in day nurseries and studying at the college were among the prize-winners. Lesley Kendall, 17, from Elm Park day nursery in Diban Avenue, received her award for theory. Ann Spelling, 17, from Collier Row day nursery got hers for practical work. Other Havering prize-winners were nursing cadets Iris Coleman, Oldchurch Hospital, and Yvonne Taylor and Catherine Wade of Rush Green Hospital.