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January 8, 1955


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9810 E. Park Ave. Bellflower, Calif.

JAMA. 1955;157(2):169. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950190069023

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To the Editor:—  I agree with the editorial "National Nurse Week" in the Oct. 9, 1954, issue of The Journal, page 608, in which it is stated: "Progress in nursing means better health for the nation." I also wish to point out that the free use of the word "recruitment" in this editorial is an admission of a fault somewhere along the line, for nurses should never have to be recruited. Applicants for this honorable occupation should be numerous and scrupulously examined. Sometimes one suspects there exists a "lukewarm war" between the nurses and the hospitals, as the former, as a group, are quite underpaid. This is probably an important reason for the shortage, but there are other and much more important reasons, I believe. They are: the length of courses, the archaic attitude toward marriage and pregnancy, and family migration.There is no reason why a course cannot be

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