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In the early part of 1904 the War Department sent out—through the various training schools for nurses and through other available means—circulars requesting the registration of such trained nurses as were willing to hold themselves in readiness for government service in case of war. Of these circulars, according to the leading organ of the nursing profession, only six were returned to the War Department up to a recent date; that is to say, only six trained nurses in this country were willing, or took the trouble to announce themselves as willing, to serve their country in case of its need. The requirements of the registration were not onerous. All that was asked was a statement that the nurse would hold herself in readiness and would make periodical reports as to residence and condition of health. In case the services were needed there was the assurance of continuous and fair pay
NURSING AND PATRIOTISM. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(26):1978. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500260068013
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