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August 13, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(7):542. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690070052030

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To the Editor:  —During the last few years I have noticed that an increasing number of nurses who are sent to private homes are careless about keeping records. This applies to those who are graduates of the better nursing schools as well as to those who hold diplomas from less well known institutions. It is needless to say that a carefully kept record is an obligation which the nurse owes to the patient as well as to the physician.In days gone by, when nurses were receiving one-half the remuneration which is being given them today and were working twice as many hours, they prided themselves on the neatness and accuracy of their record sheets. Today they frequently do not keep any record at all or use a scrap of paper on which they jot down illegible notations in a haphazard and unsystematic way.In a severe case of measles-pneumonia

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