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September 14, 1970

Medicine and Nursing in the 1970s: A Position Statement

JAMA. 1970;213(11):1881-1883. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170370065012

The short supply of health services coupled with increasing demands for them make essential the optimal utilization of physician and nursing talent.1 The fact that there are more people to be served, more services available, and more dollars to pay for those services, and the reality that sectors of our society are going without adequate service place great responsibility on the physician and nurse as the key figures on the health team. At a time of critical manpower shortage, the challenge is to find out how professional resources can best be translated into effective patient care.

This statement sets forth the American Medical Association's commitment to increasing the significance of nursing as a primary component in the delivery of medical services.

The following specific objectives will guide AMA program activities in the area of physician-nurse relationships:

OBJECTIVE 1:  The American Medical Association recognizes the need for and will support