Nurses and home care of the sick

  • Freda Clarke


As early as the beginning of the eighteenth century, doctors recognised their need for skilled auxiliaries to enable their own professional advancement. They found these auxiliaries in nurses, devoted to the care of the sick but without professional strengths of their own by which to raise their status beyond that of menial workers and skivvies. Thereafter nurses have had a battle on their hands to establish a professional identity not totally restricted by requirements on them from their medical colleagues.


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