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May 18, 1918


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JAMA. 1918;70(20):1438-1441. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600200004002

Our advent into the war has shown us unprepared in trained woman power as well as man power, and we are confronted with a need of 30,000 more nurses this year in addition to the 7,000 already enrolled. This means probably one half of the available registered nurses in the United States, and it is safe to say that if the war lasts two years more both the Army and the civil population will suffer immeasurably from the shortage. The fact that France long ago took women for nurses' work who had never had a particle of training marks what must happen to us if some more far reaching plan to meet the demand be not put into operation at once. It is well enough to say that the third year nurses can be taken from the training schools, or that married nurses might be drafted and sent to cantonment

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