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March 1, 1919


JAMA. 1919;72(9):671-672. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610090055027

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To the Editor:  —The people have long experienced difficulty in securing nurses who are willing to wait on the sick, and the seriousness of the situation was greatly accentuated during the recent epidemic. Not only is there a shortage of nurses, but there is a growing tendency on the part of the registered nurse to escape doing private duty or actual nursing. Both of these facts have been recognized by the people, who are demanding that something be done to remedy the situation.The nurses' organization recently introduced into the legislature of Illinois a nursing bill which they believe to be "an honest effort to try to remove some of the nursing difficulties of the state." If its proposed bill will remove the existing difficulties and enable the sick to secure some one to wait on them during their illness, it is a good bill; but, if it does not

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