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October 30, 1943


JAMA. 1943;123(9):562-563. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840440044012

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Nursing service "as usual" is gone for the emergency. The armed forces have a priority on nurses. The remaining nurses must be utilized for all nonmilitary governmental agencies and essential civilian nursing services. The private duty nurses available in the country constitute a small group and there are numerous calls upon them for a wide variety of services. "Luxury" nursing is certainly out for the duration. The nursing section of the Procurement and Assignment Service for Physicians, Dentists, Veterinarians, Sanitary Engineers and Nurses urges that private duty nurses not eligible for military service should be utilized for the care of acutely ill patients, first, in hospitals and, second, in homes. Every nurse should be used on the highest level of skill of which she is capable. A private duty nurse shoud be assigned to the care of a single patient only when it is impossible to arrange for adequate care

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