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February 13, 1943


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Hartford, Conn.

JAMA. 1943;121(7):538. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840070066025

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To the Editor:—  I trust that in view of the present acute shortage of nurses you may be able to publish this and that some hospital executive may consider and develop the plan.When serving in the Militarized Red Cross overseas during the last war, I was assigned as an assistant surgeon to a small English hospital for French wounded, situated not far from Chaumont. I was there from April or May 1917 to January 1919. Then, as now, there existed an acute shortage of trained nurses. Yet the work of the hospital went on at all times smoothly and well in spite of this. The hospital directrice was a most forceful English woman with executive ability from whom I learned their methods of action. Our nursing force was composed of a trained head nurse, an operating room nurse and one or two other graduate nurses. The remainder were short

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