1902 The American Journal of Nursing  
Judging from the great number of names on the waiting-lists of our training-schools the time has arrived when we should be able to select only those who will make the very best nurses. The educated woman, plus the training now given in our best schools, should raise our profession to its highest point. Good health is, of course, of the first consequence. A fair education has always been insisted upon, but more than this should now be de¬ manded. Colleges insist that applicants should pass a
more » ... s should pass a preliminary examina¬ tion, and a certain standard must be reached or the applicant is refused. It would be a long step towards placing our profession by the side of other learned professions if all training-schools required a preliminary examination-and a pretty strict one-to determine how much intellec¬ tual capacity is possessed by the applicant, and how, up to this time, she has used her brain. It would seem wise to have a uniform rule as to these preliminary examinations. Reading aloud should be one of the principal examina¬ tions. This will show in a very little time how much education one has had. Reading should be done from several kinds of books,-a page of history, half a page of an essay, a few verses of poetry, and following that a little discussion as to what kind of books would be thought suitable for the diversion of a sick person. Writing from dictation shows at once several things,-quickness of understanding, character of penmanship, ability to spell and punctuate. A letter should be written. All of these examinations should be care¬ fully marked according to a well-thought-out plan, a certain per cent, being necessary for entrance. An examination in the first four rules of arithmetic and fractions should not be omitted. Some simple fractions should be given as mental arithmetical problems. If after a clear explanation the idea is at once comprehended, one may infer that other and more difficult problems will be quickly grasped. The ability to make out a bill or to write a check should be tested. Such examinations can be held in classes, and it should be the super¬ intendent of the training-school herself who should hold them. She will save herself many weary hours and much discouragement if she gives time to the early winnowing of the mass of material presented to her. It is not possible in a training-school to give this preliminary educa-
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