Public Opinion Decorah, Iowa
MS 2 31944
Set New Quota In Recruitment
A new tqtiora of A 53 graduate j nurses must pe r/cruited from Iowa for the/arme« services before Januaryfl ne/t year, it was announced topay by Bess O. Cunningham, chairman of the State Committee of Procurement and Assignment of Nurses, War Manpower Commission.
In making the quota known, Miss Cunningham said that 9,000 nurses from the entire nation are needed to meet service requirements by the first of the year. She explained that this figure is equivalent to one-third of the total number of nurses graduating in 1944 and that Iowa's quota likewise represents one-third of the total student nurses expected to graduate in the state this year.
The procurement chairman also stated that Iowa exceeded by 6 J its quota of 92 nurses for the arnv ed forces for the first six months of 1944.
"All of the new recruits,"Miss Cunningham said, "will come from graduate nurses classified as 'available for military service' by the Iowa Procurement and Assignment Committee. Some of these will be nurses already classified; the large majority, however, will be new and recent graduates soon i to be classified, many of them from the U. S. Cadet Nurse Corps. "Only those nurses who can be spared from their present positions without detriment to the health of their communities are classified as 'available* for military service," she continued. "If we are to meet our new quota, it is urgent that nurses classified as 'available' apply to their Red Cross Recruitment Committees for
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