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The Education of Nurses: State Supervision of Training Schools for Nurses


by Anna L. Alline 1910

State registration of nurses stands for education of the nurse and hence for better nursing care for the sick. The need for this has long been felt by the nursing body of the country, but each school from the nature of its organization has been a law unto itself. Little could be done in the individual school toward development of a system, especially as the woman in charge was taxed beyond the limits of human endurance with her many and arduous responsibilities. The first twenty years after the organization of the first school there was no concerted action in any locality or state in training school management or course of study; in fact the course of study was the last thing to be considered. Usually it was nicely outlined on paper, but how often lectures and lessons were postponed or entirely omitted was a matter not to be recorded. The first step toward uniting for common good was the informal meeting of a few superintendents at the World's Fair. The annual meetings of the society so formed were most helpful, as the problems common to all were discussed, and the wheat winnowed from the chaff. The aim became clear; a system developed and the superintendents returned to their tasks from each meeting with more hope of definite progress. Within a few years the graduate nurses formed a national association and then came state organizations. The nurses of the state associations were in a position to work together and present a practical system for the training schools.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 11 Number 3, 1910, p. 41-45
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10077, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 11:32:17 PM

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