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October 3, 1936

An Activity Analysis of Nursing

JAMA. 1936;107(14):1159. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770400071038

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In the first chapter the question is raised "What should the professional nurse know and be able to do?" The answers to these questions define the scope and method of the remainder of the book. Eight statements, called conclusions, but which are virtually assumptions, present the opinion of the authors as to what the professional nurse should know and be able to do. The importance attached to the public health and educational aspects of nursing is manifested here and throughout the book. The "activities" of nurses, for example, are deduced from eight lists, one of which is a "combined" list, one a list of hospital bedside nursing activities, one a list based on private duty nursing in the home, and the other five deal with various phases of public health nursing. In this light the problem of curriculum making is discussed and proposals are made for the further study of

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