October 6, 1934


JAMA. 1934;103(14):1070. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750400038014

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Phenomenal advances in the science of medicine during half a century have been paralleled by significant improvement in the art of caring for the sick. The development of the trained nurse has been an influential factor. Physicians, therefore, are vitally interested in the proper integration of nursing in the practice of medicine. The final report of the Committee on the Grading of Nursing Schools, containing the results of a comprehensive study of nurse training and nurse practice conducted over a period of eight years, emphasizes the rapid increase in the production of trained nurses and the widespread unemployment that was manifest-even before the onset of the period of economic depression. Most people will readily agree that one nurse for every 100 families is more than the country can be expected to support.

The surplus of nurses is due, in part at least, to the large number of poor or mediocre

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