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May 29, 1967


JAMA. 1967;200(9):790. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120220092020

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The current shortage of nurses is progression of an inadequate supply which has plagued the profession and which continues to diminish. Speculation on reasons for the shortage do not help the rising tempers of those earnestly seeking ways to remedy the trouble, and the multiple suggestions for alleviation often conflict with one another.

The strife about the merits of the college trained nurse as compared with those of the nurse with a diploma from a hospital nursing school does not affect the suggestion in this issue of The Journal (p 779) of tapping the pool of nurses withdrawn from practice. It has been tried before, with a degree of success in some communities. The keynote appears to be additional training and education, bringing the nurse from semiretirement to her full capacity. National programs of this type do not exist, and the encouragement to the nurse to regain her profession must