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April 27, 1964

WASHINGTON NEWS

JAMA. 1964;188(4):17-18. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060300067030

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Abstract

AMA Position on Administration Nursing Bill. —  The American Medical Association has backed a one-time program of federal aid for construction of schools of nursing. At the same time, the association questioned whether federal loans or scholarships would add significantly to the number of nurses in the country.In a statement presented to the House Commerce Committee, AMA Executive Vice President F. J. L. Blasingame, MD, said "our support of federal construction grants for schools of nursing is long standing." Dr. Blasingame said the AMA's policy is "to support programs which provide a one-time federal grant-in-aid on a matching basis for the construction, equipment and renovation of the physical plants of nursing schools on a matching basis."The Administration bill calls for a total of $110 million over a four-year period to construct new schools of nursing and to replace and expand existing schools.Referring to the scholarship and loan

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