Nursing head achieved major education reforms.For 12 years--from 1966 till 1978--Shirley Bohm (nee Lowe) held the most senior nursing position in New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland. and was the most senior woman in a male-dominated public service. Registered as a general nurse at Dunedin in 1948, Bohm gained qualifications in obstetrics and midwifery midwifery (mĭd`wī'fərē), art of assisting at childbirth. The term midwife for centuries referred to a woman who was an overseer during the process of delivery. In ancient Greece and Rome, these women had some formal training. , spending 1957 studying at Columbia University Columbia University, mainly in New York City; founded 1754 as King's College by grant of King George II; first college in New York City, fifth oldest in the United States; one of the eight Ivy League institutions. in New York New York, state, United States
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During this time, the Nurses' and Midwives' Board was part of the Nursing Division, with Bohm holding the position of nursing registrar. Gradually, Bohm untangled the roles of the registration authority, the Department of Health and the New Zealand Nurses' Association.
By 1972 Bohm had gained the support of key people in the Health Department and Government for the transfer of nursing education to general education. She was convinced it was not safe for New Zealanders This is a list of well-known people associated with New Zealand.
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In 1972, Government approved the first two comprehensive nursing programmes at Wellington and Christchurch Technical Institutes. University nursing programmes were also started at Massey and Victoria Universities. At the same time, nursing services were reformed to prepare for the phasing out of the student work force and the establishment of new nursing structures for providing services with a qualified work force.
Change of this scale was unprecedented in the health service. However, Bohm's well researched case for change and her skilled advocacy gradually convinced people that change had to occur. Bohm retired in 1978, by which time the reforms she started were well entrenched en·trench also in·trench
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2. . She retired to the Hawke's Bay, receiving an OBE in 1979, and kept a watching brief on the progress of the changes. She was delighted when, last year, public sector nurses gained salary increases commensurate with their role in today's health service, and during her recent hospitalisation expressed great satisfaction with the high quality of nursing care delivered by today's nurses. Bohm was a clear thinker and a woman of great strength, courage and determination. She was also an elegant woman with a warm and charming manner, and is remembered with admiration and affection by all those who knew and worked with her.
At a time when senior nurses were single women, most still living in nurses' homes, she defied tradition and married John Bohm in 1967 at the age of 45, becoming a proud mother and grandmother to his family. She remained active in her community and, until very recently, worked voluntarily at the Hastings Citizens Advice Bureau A Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is one of a network of independent charities throughout the UK that give free, confidential information and advice to help people sort out their money, legal, consumer and other problems. .
Bohm died in Hastings in February, aged 83.
Information provided by Margaret Bazley, Nan Kinross, Elsie Boyd, Jean Sutherland, Margaret Thompson and Joan Sullivan.