May 8, 1948

The Practical Nurse

JAMA. 1948;137(2):217. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890360099030

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This well written book comes at a time that is most auspicious because of the discussions in speech and writings, much of which are unsound, of the nursing problem. It separates clearly the duties of the practical nurse as distinguished from the professional nurse, ward maids and orderlies. This is important because many persons discussing this subject today are apparently not familiar with the specific duties of any of these cate gories. The advantages, disadvantages and dangers are treated fairly and without favoritism or prejudice and are treated completely in the abstract. The book deals with the length of time required for training; the subjects to be covered; the uniform; the acceptance by hospital administrators and professional nurses. It describes the practical nurse; the duties; the future supply. The volume outlines the place of the practical nurse in the home, large hospital, small hospital, psychiatric hospital, industrial nursing, federal services

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