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January 1, 1938

Nursing as a Profession

JAMA. 1938;110(1):71. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790010073031

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This monograph is one of a series dealing with the present status of certain established or emerging professions. Much of what has been written about nursing in the past ten years is here summarized. The author, at the outset, asks the question Is nursing a profession? but the answer does not emerge, perhaps because a satisfactory definition of "profession" is lacking. Nursing schools are described and there is the usual discussion of entrance requirements, curriculum and relationship to hospitals. The importance of economic factors in determining the supply and distribution of nurses is clearly presented and the needs and opportunities in the public health field are duly stressed.

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