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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20-THE LETHBRIDGC HERALD-Saturday, Fabruary It. "74 LCC students, great enthusiasts Male nurses gaining "wide acceptance" Herald Family By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Seven students at the Lethbridge Community College are showing hospital patients that a person does not have to be a woman to be a nurse. The nursing students are men and are gaining "wide acceptance" from hospital patients they care for in Lethbridge hospitals. "It is surprising how they are accepted by patients and other workers, and how they accept various parts of their says St Michael's hospital director of nursing Inaz Kelly. George Watts, one of the students, says some people still do not quite accept the fact that a man can be a nurse. People "laugh or think you're wierd when you say you are taking nursing. But male nursing has caught on in Europe and down East and it is just a matter of time before it catches on in the he says. The nursing students from the college work both in classroom and hospitals. Most of their work is done at St. Michael's Hospital. A n advantage Mrs Kelly says male nurses on staff are an advantage. "They are more mechanically inclined and can fix where female nurses can't and they are stronger when lifting is needed They are invaluable in the psychiatric wards of she explains. "For the profession as a whole it is good men are coming into it they say what they she adds. Mr Watts, who was a nursing aide in a Regina mental hospital before coming to Lethbridge, says there are many male psychiatric nurses. But males are accepted less in the general hospitals than in mental hospitals. F.O.E. BMGO TONIGHT EAGLES HALL A Mid 13th 8t N. Every Saturday light at 8 DHL 9 Cards tar 1.00 orMt Each Three r Number OMHN JACKPOT DOOR PRIZE GoUl pay HIM In all wards However, it seemed to him, the psychiatric nurse does not use his talents to the full extent. If a person is to be a nurse they should have training in all areas and decide where they will work Mrs Kelly agrees. When the students were first going to work in the hospital the nurses association of Alberta was asked what areas the male students should be assigned. The reply was they should get experience in all wards including maternity. Some people don't agree. Mr. Watts conducted (for his psychology class) a survey of women and their reaction to a male nurse. "The questionnaire showed most women in favor of male nurses as long as they were restricted to male patients." Mrs Kelly says this type of attitude will continue until the male nurse becomes more accepted She adds there is really no reason the male nurses should be restricted to male patients. "After all, the physicians are almost all she says. Restrictions Two other students, Marvin Burton and Henry Willms, also disagree the male nurse should be restricted to male patients Mr. Burton, a former orderly in Edmonton, says female patients themselves do not object to having a male nurse. "One female patient was a little hesitant but after awhile it became alright as an orderly I used to be in contact with female patients so it is not much he says. Mr. Willms says most people he has come in contact with have thought it a great idea to have male nurses. But he adds, the older people still have set ideas about men being nurses. "They seem to feel a man should not be taking care of a woman but if they were confronted with having a male take care of them they would readily accept it." All three said they feel the field of nursing is opening up for men who want to be in the health area but do not want to go through seven years of education to become a physician. Working to be a doctor is too distant a goal by being a nurse you can find out what the field is like and in two years you would have something. But in two years after you are training to be a doctor you may decide you want something Mr. Willms explained. Calendars Hm-m-m, let me see now LCC nursing student, Henry Willms checks a patient's blood pressure Nature of work changes for collection agencies GASH BINGO TOOT. SMMH Ml RUB 5 hr By ALAN ARBUCKLE EDMONTON (CP) A col- lection agency that wants to stay in busin 2ss in Alberta no longer telephones debtors at 4 a.m. or pays calls on their neighbors and relatives. Limitations on such tactics were outlined in an interview by Mike Hagley, newly-ap- pointed administrator of the Collection Agencies Act, and former administrator Ron Smitten. The administrator supervises the activities of the agencies and issues their annual licences. Many people still put up with more than they have to from collection agencies, Mr. Smitten said, but the adminis- trator now gets three or four complaints a day during busy periods. Mr. Hagley said the act was passed not only to protect a Colgary'f COLONIAL and ff EARLY AMERICAN Furniture IRp Store NOW OPEN FREE DELIVERY At Sign of the Hoddni Chair debtor from undue harass- ment but also to ensure that the creditor who turns ac- counts over to an agency gets what is coming to him. There are more than 50 col- lection agencies in the prov- ince, Mr. Smitten said. The number has remained steady for the last three years or so as many would-be agencies never got started when they learned they needed a bond to ensure proper per- formance. The bond goes up to if the agency collects more than a year. Mr. Smitten said three or four agencies in the province col- lect in excess of million a year. Mr. Hagley has the power to determine the bond. He ap- proves form letters the agencies send out and in- vestigates complaints. The act forbids agencies to seek more money than the ac- tual debt, conduct enquiries through anyone else but the debtor, ask for more than verification of employment at a person's place of work or go beyond the bounds of personal contact, telephone calls, let- ters or legal proceedings. The question of harassment is debatable but Mr. Smitten said it includes more than a couple of calls a week and the collector making needless nui- sance of himself. COMPLAINTS JUSTIFIED Complaints, which are al- most always at least partially justified, usually involve abu- sive or threatening language, Mr. Smitten said He also bears from people extending credit who com- plain that an agency's tactics have resulted in loss of a client. With the change in tiroes comes a change in the nature of the work, as collectors in Calgary said bra recent series of interviews. Most of the work is done by letters and telephone calls and the success rate varies with circumstances and timing. If the agency doesn't collect, the creditor pays no fee. Often a flippant "so sue me" response results in the agency doing just that and the debtor finds himself paying legal costs on top of the bill he owes, said Doug Moodie, THE BETTER HALF mrnager of Canadian Bonded Credit. "We're not out to harass them, we're out to help said Mr. Moodie, who suggests such methods as a consolidation loan from a bank as a means out of debt. "Eighty-five per cent (of debtors) are people like you and said J. A. Scott, manager of Allied Collection Agencies. The Ladies of the Old Timers Pemmican Club will hold a whist party at p.m Tuesdav in the club rooms, 9th Street'and 5th Avenue S. Everyone welcome. The Whirl-A-Ways will square and round dance at 8 p.m. Monday in the Moose Hall. All square dancers are welcome. Women are asked to bring a box lunch. The regular meeting of the Ladies' Auxiliary to St. Michael's Hospital will be held at 8 p.m. Monday in the St. Michael's Nurses' Residence auditorium, 1974 membership fees are due at this meeting. The music and art department of the Mathesis Club will meet at p.m. Tuesday at the home of Linnae Walker, 1-C Westwind Apts. The Women's Auxiliary to the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital and Gait School of Nursing will hold its regular meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Lounge at the nurses' residence. Lois McKillop will be guest speaker. The Chinook Outdoor Club will meet at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the gas company auditorium. Slides will be shown. Bring a friend. The Carse-Long section of ACW will meet at 6.15 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Mrs. A. G. Donaldson, 2911 13th Ave. S., for a potluck supper. Southminster square dance learners group will dance at 8 p.m. Monday in Southminster Hall Women are asked to brine a box lunch. A mardi gras and card social will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 23., at First United Church. Music will be provided by Bridge Town Trio Orchestra. Dress is optional but prizes for best costumes will be awarded in western, comic, space, frontier and novelty. Women are asked to bring sandwiches or squares. Everyone welcomed The annual pancake supper of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the church hall, 1818 5th Ave. S. This event is for the whole family. Everyone welcome. The family of Orval and Hannah Hurlburt will be honoring their parents on their 50th wedding anniversary, with an open, house celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23, at Southminster Hall. Friends are invited. No gifts, by request. The Lethbridge Collegiate Institute bands will present a winter concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Yates Centre. Admission is for adults and 75 cents for students. Tickets are available at LCI, Leisters, Musicland and the box office. The Lethbridge Handicraft Guilt will meet at 2 p.m Tuesday at the Bowman Arts Centre. The regular meeting of the Lethbridge Auxiliary to Shrine Hospitals for Crippled Children will be held at p.m. Tuesday at the home of Mrs. Tom Band, 2306 10th Ave S. Disabled on the Move will meet at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Assumption Church Hall, 2405 12th Ave. S. Jean Battell of Edmonton, social mobilizer for the Alberta Committee of Action Groups for the Disabled, will be in attendance. Subject for discussion will be architectural barriers. Everyone welcome. For more information, call Gerald Trechka, 329-0911 or Frank Merkl, 328-4029. The Major Past Noble Grands Club will meet at 2-30 p.m. Tuesday. A potluck luncheon will be held an hour before the meeting. Visiting Past Noble Grands welcome The Women of the Moose 328 will meet at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Senior Regent Alice Blasco presented Bertha Short with a 50-year pin and a life membership in the Moose at the last meeting. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans, Lethbridge Unit, will hold a general meeting at 8 p.m. Monday in the clubrooms. An appreciation tea for drivers, couriers and volunteers for the Meals on Wheels Society, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Legion Memorial Hall. This is sponsored by the General Stewart Branch and the ladies auxiliary. The Lethbridge Young Christian Women's Association will hold its annual dinner meeting at p.m. Wednesday at Sven Ericksen's Family Restau- rant. By Barnes HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! Tha Salvation Army WaHara Sarvicas Otttiti. Fantonj. Tap. toniUM ElhcU Cad 3M-2MQ For Pickup SwviM OR LEAVE AT 412 AVE. S. Mary had a little lamb! 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