Council Bluffs, Iowa
Iowa Behind in Its Nurse Quota
Furnishes 1,364 to Army and Navy
OSKALOOS^ UP>-4owa has contributed 9f6 nursrfs to the armed forces feince Dec. 1. 1942, in addition tof the 368 from this state who were on duty with the army and navy on that date. Miss Bess Cunningham said Saturday.
"Our records show that altogether Iowa has furnished at least 1,364 nurses to the armed forces since the present war began," Miss Cunningham, chairman of the state procurement and assignment nursing service, commented. "We do not know how many have been discharged."
She said the state, however, was considerably behind on its quota for the first half of this year. The goal for the January-June period was 292 nurses, but last reports showed enlistments totaled 191.
"It should be noted that the January-June quota compares with 92 for the similar period last year." Miss Cunningham said, "and a full year quota for 1943 of 353. We have not yet been informed of the quota for the July-December period of this year."
Records kept by Miss Cunningham showed there were 368 Iowa nurses on duty with the army J and navy on Dec. 1, 1942. Fifty-1 four more were assigned in December, 1942. and since then the yearly enlistments have been as follows: 504 in 1943. 247 in 1944 and 191 thus far in 1945. 12,000 Licensed in State.
Meanwhile, Miss Vera Sage, secretary of the state board of nurse examiners in Des Moines, said there are approximately 12,-000 registered nurses licensed in Iowa. She said a good many of these live out of the state, bu kept their licenses in good stand ing.
The 12,000 figure would includ< those who have gone into arm; and navy duty. Miss Sage said explaining there were no figure. i"»ilable on the approximate num
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