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May 7, 1960


Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C.

Chief, Division of Nursing Resources, United States Public Health Service.

JAMA. 1960;173(1):49-52. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.73020190012011

"Research in nursing? What is that?" Doctors often ask me this question when I talk about new developments in my profession which we, as nurses, think bear evidence of our deep concern that more and better nursing service reach the patient.

I suspect that the question is often asked in genuine curiosity, but equally often one can detect a hint of skepticism or fear. Not much is said about nursing research outside of the nursing journals and a few social science publications where projects are reported because the aspect of nursing investigated has sociological implications. It is obvious, therefore, that when not much is known about a new and expanding process, it is bound to be suspect or misunderstood. But, while research in nursing is comparatively new, there is a tremendous amount of activity under way, and much thought and imagination are going into the exploration of a wide variety

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