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November 1928


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By MAY AYRES BURGESS. Pp. 595, with charts. New York: Published by Committee of Graduate Nursing, 1928.

Am J Dis Child. 1928;36(5):1087. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1928.01920290215017

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The grading committee on its observations, affirms that hospitals in the past have graduated, and are still graduating, in increasing numbers, not only too many nurses but too many incompetent nurses. There are many more nurses now in the field than there are available positions, and too many wholly unqualified ones if positions were available. Hospitals have utilized student service, because they have found that student nurses represented a cheap form of labor. They have fitted the student to the financial needs of their institutions, and have utterly failed in giving the student body a thorough and sound education. Women have been admitted to training schools who have had poor educational background and who have been too young to carry the responsibility required of them. All of this is resulting in an inferior product.

Now, however, a general awakening has come. From now on, all efforts must be directed to

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