THE SHORTCOMINGS OF THE TEACHINGS AND METHODS OF THE PRESENT TRAINING-SCHOOLS FROM THE STANDPOINT OF THE GRADUATE NURSE ENGAGED IN INSTITUTIONAL WORK

ANNE S. BUSSELL
1904 The American Journal of Nursing  
261}1 Material for experience is not -wanting; opportunity for practice is abundant. Schools are a necessity. Training-schools in the past thirty years have, as we have seen, done much for hospitals. But they have done more than this. What a blessing have trained nurses been in the homes of the rich and in the hovels of the poor! Who can estimate the good done in almshouses, tenement houses, schools, college settlements, in missions, and in the army ? Let us not forget the hundreds of children
more » ... ho have better mothers because those mothers were first nurses, then wives and mothers. Wherever we turn we see the fruits of the labor of the trained nurse. This school has in its thirty years given nurses to all branches men¬ tioned. It has been very abundant in good works. May its future far exceed its past! May each year's work be crowned with additional glory? In all professions and scientific pursuits there is to-day a decided movement towards specialized work, also towards a more general culture of the individual. The need of such movement in our profession has been felt by many nurses, more particularly, perhaps, by those engaged in institu¬ tional work. These nurses, the actual teachers of nursing, have not only desired, but have striven for, a high standard in the profession and higher educa¬ tion in the women who enter it. With the present great demands on their time, strength, and mind they realize the impossibility of attaining by study or any other method the varied knowledge now necessary to come up to the teaching they them¬ selves have striven to provide for their pupil nurses. It is becoming manifestly impossible that one woman can be or do all that is increasingly demanded of the nurse by the world at large and by those of her own profession. Prize essay.
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