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ACUTE NEED FOR NURSES
The Army and the Air Force are acutely in need of nurses to administer to the health heeds of the 947,000 man Army and the 502,000 man Air Force authorized under the Selective Service Act by the 80th Congress. The estimated nurse strength needed by June 30, 1949 for the minimum requirements is 7,600, of which only 4,200 nurses are now on duty at stations around the world. Since the Department of the Army announced the need for nurses previously this year, 7,421 have joined the Army Nurse Reserve Corps and the Surgeon General's Office is mailing questionnaires to all of them asking whether they would accept active duty. The shortage of nurses in the Army is further shown by the 800 vacancies in the Regular Army Nurse Corps yet to be filled.
One of the first undertakings of the recently reorganized
GOVERNMENT SERVICES. JAMA. 1948;137(15):1323–1324. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890490051014
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