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June 30, 1951

Personnel Administration in Public Health Nursing

JAMA. 1951;146(9):876. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670090108039

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With expanded public health programs either contemplated or already under way, an increase in public health nursing personnel can be expected. More emphasis will necessarily be directed toward sound principles of personnel management in dealing with this particular group. This volume stresses that personnel administration as an applied science can contribute as much to health administration as it has to other public and private, social and industrial services. Specific attention is directed toward those aspects of employment that are unique to a social and educational field like public health nursing. The author emphasizes that the person must be allowed the fullest possible personal and professional growth with stimulation and adequate appreciation of creativeness, special skills, and knowledge. Furthermore, individual personal differences in emotions, attitudes, and habits must be taken into account.

Such subjects are discussed as types of service and methods of recruitment, selection, and service evaluation. The importance of

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