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The Education of Nurses: The Relation of the Hospital to the Community

by Henry M. Hurd - 1910

To give an adequate conception of the relations of a general hospital to the community in which it has been established, is a difficult task. These relations have changed materially during the past twenty years and it is no longer possible to consider any such hospital solely as a refuge for the friendless and homeless sick. The development of antiseptic surgery, the close union of medicine and surgery in the treatment of certain maladies, the absolute necessity of treating by surgery many forms of disease formerly treated by medical men only, the manifest advantage of the treatment of such diseases as typhoid fever in a hospital rather than at home, these and similar extensions of the use of hospital wards by the community make it plain that the hospital of to-day differs widely from the hospital of a quarter of a century ago. It was formerly a refuge for misery and poverty; it is now a home for the sick of all classes in the community. Nor does this tell the whole tale. The scope of the hospital has now broadened out until it has become an important factor in preventive medicine and an indispensable agency in the education of physicians and the training of nurses. It has a mission in diverse directions and it is the task of the hospital administrator at present to bring all of these branches of hospital work into efficient relations with each other. A hospital engaged in the task of training physicians is unquestionably the field of better and more accurate work than one where medical teaching is absent. The medical and surgical staff is stimulated to do its best by the presence of physicians and medical students, and patients consequently receive much more exemplary treatment than would otherwise be possible. The same is equally true of the influence of the work of training nurses. The best hospitals have the best training schools because they attract the most earnest and cultivated women to secure what they believe to be the best opportunity for training and study. A well-trained staff of physicians and a highly efficient corps of nurses must inevitably improve the condition of the patients cared for by the hospital. Each benefits the other.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 11 Number 3, 1910, p. 45-57
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10078, Date Accessed: 6/6/2020 1:33:11 AM

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