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JAMA 100 Years Ago
July 27, 2005


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2005;294(4):502. doi:10.1001/jama.294.4.502-c

Our attention has been called to an advertisement in the latest issue of a very respectable publication, the Review of Reviews, of the Chicago Correspondence School of Nursing. It is headed “Be a nurse. You can if you will”—that is, of course, by instruction by mail. If there is any occupation requiring careful practical teaching and daily experience with the exigencies that arise as the main part of the instruction, it is that of nursing. The practical part of the training is the main thing. No amount of merely theoretical knowledge can properly fit a person for such an occupation. It seems to us very much like a money-making scheme on the part of its promoters designed to capture the dollars of unsuspicious females. The diploma of a correspondence nursing school would be a very unsatisfactory credential to a physician seeking the aid of a trained nurse in the many exacting and perilous emergencies that arise in medical and surgical practice, and if this fact was generally appreciated the advertisement ought to bring very little business. We hope this will be the case.

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