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August 21, 1954

The Child, His Parents and the Nurse.

JAMA. 1954;155(17):1543. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690350085036

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This book presents a well-authenticated appeal for a change in emphasis in the nurse's role in the care of children. The functional method of assignment commonly practiced in pediatric wards centers the nurse's interest on routines, techniques, and procedures. When a functional method of assignment is used, the child is subjected to a variety of human attitudes and feelings and to a great diversity in manual skills. He has no one person to depend on, and he can never feel safe, for he has no consistent experiences that help him to anticipate support, care, and fulfillment from those in his environment. One of the most urgent changes that seems to be indicated is the instituting of the case method of patient assignment, which ensures greater continuity of care for the children and increases the student or graduate nurse's opportunities for learning. This type of care lessens the contacts to which

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