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JAMA. 1931;96(13):1093-1094. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720390103015.
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The Shortage of Nurses  It is curious that in this period of unemployment there should be any shortage of labor in any calling. But the Lancet has appointed a commission to inquire into the reasons for the shortage of candidates for nursing the sick in general and special hospitals throughout the country and to offer suggestions for making the service more attractive for women suitable for this work. After an exhaustive inquiry the commission has presented an interim report. The reason most frequently put forward for the deficiency of nurses is the much wider sphere of women's work today. Many other occupations offer better salaries and better prospects, with more freedom, more social amenities, and without the restrictions and long hours of institutional life. For the solution of these difficulties, some advocate "living out," while others say it would be fatal to the profession. Superannuation schemes are advocated; others favor

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