ON Jan 6, 1967, Medical World News, edited by Dr. Morris Fishbein, joined the controversy on nursing education.1 Noting that the nursing and medical profession worked together side by side and for the most part amicably since nursing schools were first established in the last quarter of the 19th century, this journal says that doctors now complain that the new college-educated nurses are simply not nursing anymore. They state that college-trained nurses often lack technical skills and bedside orientation.
The question is presented: is an RN better trained in the college or hospital environment? Hospital administrators, doctors and nurses themselves disagree as to what their training and roles should be. Some nurse educators are committed to the concept of bedside nursing first, while many see today's nurse in a more managerial light.
In view of the shortage of nurses, now long past the crisis stage (where, despite a long
SHAMBAUGH GE. More About Nursing Education. Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;85(6):588–589. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760040590002
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