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January 11, 1947


JAMA. 1947;133(2):110. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880020036012

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Physicians need not be told that there is a "nurse shortage." Although more professional nurses are available today in the United States than at any time in the past, the supply has not been able to meet the demand. The National Nursing Council's Committee on Statistical Research estimates the deficit in August 1946 as 41,000.

A large proportion of this year's graduates have indicated that they expect to take hospital positions. The student nurses enrolled under the U. S. Cadet Nurse Corps program are only now beginning to reach graduation. Nevertheless the shortage of graduate nurses may prevail at least until 1949, since admissions to schools of nursing during this year have been lower than at any time in the past ten years. Only 30,899 student nurses were admitted in 1946, compared with 56,567 in 1945. Among the reasons cited are the competition of other occupations offering greater apparent satisfactions,

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