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March 1965

The Nursing Shortage

Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;81(3):223-224. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00750050232001

OF DEEP concern to all physicians is the continuing shortage of graduate nurses, particularly for bedside hospital nursing care. This is at a time that high school graduates, that is, girls available for nursing training, have increased sharply from 627,046 in 1948 to 990,000 in 1962; yet there has been no significant increase in the number of nursing graduates during this period. The amazing paradox of an unusually large number of persons unable to find work in a time of general prosperity and a desperate shortage of nurses to take care of the urgent needs in our hospitals, is discussed in a thought-provoking article in the New England Journal of Medicine.1

Before 1920, according to Dr. Thomas Hale, administrative vice-president of the Albany Medical Center Hospital, schools of nursing were all hospital sponsored, with a three-year course where the needs of the hospital patients for nursing care were considered