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November 29, 1971


JAMA. 1971;218(9):1427-1428. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190220045013

All kinds of curious communications arrive at the editorial offices. Among the puzzlers are copies of letters written by people to Congressmen, AMA officials, newspapers, and editors of other journals. One of the latter, a letter to Editor, AORN Journal from an RN, PhD chairman of a graduate program in psychiatric nursing deserves notice. (AORNJ, pronounced "orange," is the official journal of the Association of Operating Room Nurses.)

RN, PhD hotly protested an article published earlier this year in AORNJ.1 Davis, the author of the now controversial article, found no threat, only a challenge, in the fact that the AMA Board of Trustees had recognized the registered nurse as the most qualified person to become a physician's assistant. She considered this a compliment and by no means a road to lost identity. She was not disturbed that the AMA statement had been made without consulting the American Nurses Association,