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September 11, 1943

Principles and Techniques of Nursing Procedures As Developed in St. Mary's Group of Hospitals of St. Louis University

JAMA. 1943;123(2):121. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840370053027

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Abstract

This is an exceptionally complete and detailed manual of procedures governing every situation in which a nurse may find herself. This includes a chapter of special interest to Catholic nurses dealing with their religious obligations to Catholic patients. The book is divided into five parts, of which part I consists of a single chapter having to do with arrangement of the patient's environment—that is the room, the bed, the care of flowers and the care of service rooms, utility rooms, kitchens and linen closets and the removal of stains. In part II are chapters dealing with admission procedures, patient's bath and toilet, food service, elimination, general comfort measures, psychologic needs and religious needs. The chapter on psychologic needs, including diversional therapy, flowers, letters, radio, visitors, games, handiwork and library, is especially good. In part II also are five excellent chapters on application of dry heat and cold, hydrotherapy, radiant energy

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