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September 5, 1959


Author Affiliations

Albany, N. Y.

Associate in School Nursing, New York State Education Department.

JAMA. 1959;171(1):59-62. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.73010190007019b

It is challenging to have the opportunity to project what the coming years may hold for a profession which has witnessed dramatic changes in the past half-century and which, we have no reason to doubt, will continue to change just as dramatically in the immediate future. It can, however, be dangerous to attempt to predict what the future will bring. We must take care not to impede potential developments in school health service practices by any time-restricted or biased point of view.

The role of the nurse in the school is interrelated with the development and philosophy of school health services. We cannot talk about school nursing as an entity, but only in its proper perspective to the entire school health program. Nor can we look to the tomorrow of school nursing without looking first to its yesterday and today. In the words of Kahlil Gibran's prophet: "Yesterday is but