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The Education of Nurses: The University Education of the Nurse


by Richard Olding Beard — 1910

The function of the university—and especially of the State university—has broadened within the history of the present generation. * There are those who think that this increased breadth has been gained at the expense of decreased depth, but if this is in any wise, or in any measure, true, it is merely a fault of adjustment—an accident of transition. It is in no way an evidence of any error in tendency. It means merely that the stream of available educational values is temporarily insufficient to fill to the full the widening channels of human need. New and better sources of supply are necessary to swell the volume of our effective teaching force. It is not alone the matter, but the method of study, which marks the difference between the shallow and the deep in cultural results. In adjusting itself to the increasing complexity of human society, in affording a more varied means of preparation for the multiplying avocations of modern life, in specializing training for the many forms of expert service which the industrial and professional systems of to-day involve, in answering to the needs of the progressive many, rather than the privileged few, higher education should lose—and will lose—none of its cultural values. Those values are simply extending themselves in various directions, as through the rapidly greatening “ages an increasing purpose runs and the thoughts of men are widened with the process of the suns.”


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 11 Number 3, 1910, p. 27-41
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10076, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 2:16:19 AM

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