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May 16, 1953

Ward Administration.

JAMA. 1953;152(3):291. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690030091039

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This book deals principally with the administrative aspects of a head nurse's job. Greatest emphasis is on the responsibility of the head nurse for nursing care and for ward personnel; her responsibility for the educational program of students is described fully in a companion volume, "Clinical Instruction."

The relationships of the hospital to the community and of the head nurse to the modern hospital are described in unit 1. Unit 2 discusses the role of the head nurse in planning to meet patient needs. Physical environment of the ward is covered in unit 3. Principles of administration, supervision, teaching, and their application are dealt with in units 4 and 5. Unit 6 concerns the qualifications and preparation of the head nurse. Each unit is followed by an annotated bibliography and discussion questions. The appendix contains a sample ward manual. An attempt is made to show the way in which a

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