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February 26, 1938

A Criticism of Nursing Education with Suggestions for Constructive Reform

JAMA. 1938;110(9):681. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790090063033

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Dr. Balme starts out with the declaration that there is something wrong with the present system of training nurses and then proceeds to try to discover what factors are really responsible for the deplorable conditions which, to an increasing degree, discourage the better educated young women from entering the nursing profession. The answer is found in the system of training, the misuse of authority, and the rigors of a probationer's life. If the author's description is indeed a true picture of British nursing schools, improvement is urgently needed. In the United States one would have to go back forty years to find comparable conditions.

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