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April 16, 1955

THE ART OF NURSING

JAMA. 1955;157(16):1381-1383. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950330021005
Abstract

Albert Schweitzer recommends that when talking of an art one speak in parables. About the art of nursing I would tell you the story of my young friend Joe and the nurse who cared for him at a critical time in his life. Joe was born with a defect in his trachea. It could not be corrected by surgery until he was 18 months old. At that time came hospitalization and then the day of operation. His evening nurse found him just out of the anesthetic, sobbing, tossing, frightened at the strange new way of breathing. She searched the ward to find a rocking chair for his room. Before it she placed a table holding the electric suction pump and the tray of equipment for clearing the tracheotomy tube. She sat all night with Joe in her arms. Frequently she leaned forward in the chair to turn the switch and

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