Dáil Éireann - Volume 539 - 26 June, 2001
Written Answers. - Nurse Training.
Mr. Quinn Mr. Quinn
277. Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of people, male and female, who applied to train as nurses in the academic year 1999-2000; and the number of these applicants who received an offer of a place on the first year course; the number who actually registered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18914/01]
Mr. Martin Mr. Martin
Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): The application-selection process for places on the general and psychiatric nursing registration-diploma programmes in 1999 was handled by the nursing careers centre, NCC, which is managed by An Bord Altranais, with the assistance of the local appointments commission, LAC.
I understand from the nursing careers centre that the total number of applicants for places on the general and psychiatric nursing diploma programmes in the academic year 1999-2000 was 5,591, of which 88% of applicants were female and 11% of applicants were male. Only 1% of applicants were found to be ineligible. A total of 2,062 applicants received an offer of a place and  1,066 students commenced training in the general and psychiatric pre-registration nursing programmes.
The application-selection process for places on the mental handicap nursing registration-diploma programme was handled by the mental handicap nursing applications centre, MHNAC. I understand from the MHNAC that a total of 624 applications were received and 149 applicants accepted an offer of a place and commenced training in the mental handicap pre-registration nursing programme. The centre does not have a breakdown of the figures for male and female applicants.
Dáil Éireann 539 Written Answers. Nurse Training.