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August 24, 1957

Change and Dilemma in the Nursing Profession: Studies of Nursing Services in a Large General Hospital

JAMA. 1957;164(17):1990-1991. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980170130023

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Abstract

This report is the result of one of several research projects that have been financed in the past five years by the American Nurses Association. It brings together the reports of two consecutive studies at Charity Hospital by the Urban Life Research Institute of Tulane University. The first part deals with the four units of the hospital—medical, surgical, personnel infirmary, and central service. The second part is devoted to the study of the premature infant center. These two reports should be appraised as separate and independent. They are not the work of any one person but rather the combined work of representatives of various disciplines. Each person, guided by his particular interests and objectives, has studied the complex hospital environment, but always the role of the nurse— her functions, her relationship to other personnel and to patients, and her position within the hospital structure—has been the common denominator. Most of

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