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Dr. Malcolm Morris used to call the trained nurse a parasite upon the medical profession. The usual idea conveyed by this term is hardly the one he intended. What he meant was that her position is, what she sometimes forgets, a purely ancillary one and that her useful existence is dependent upon the medical profession. It is hard, however, for any of us to be duly humble; the trained nurse is as liable to have her conceit enlarged as anyone, and, under the adulation she receives, perhaps more than some. A very useful class of persons as a whole may, therefore, produce specimens that remind one of the objectionable kind of parasites that bite their hosts and benefactors. One is reminded of this by a recent address given before a nurses' convention, in which the speaker, a hospital head nurse or superintendent, after reviewing some well-known defects of political hospital
THE TRAINED NURSE AND HER POSITION.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(15):982. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470410034006