The Role of Nurses

John W. Runyan Jr., MD
JAMA. 1972;221(9):1054. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200220084026.
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To the Editor.—  It was with a great deal of interest that I read the EDITORIAL by Egeberg and Pesch, "The Role of Nurses" (220:1237, 1972). Our experience of nearly ten years in Memphis and Shelby County would support this EDITORIAL and the report upon which it is based. The first published report on the expanded, but still limited, role of the nurse was based upon our initial experiences in our chronic disease program begun in February 1963.1 Our second article detailed the greatly expanded duties and responsibilities of the nurses in the decentralized facilities in the continuing care of patients with chronic disease.2 An attempt was made in my LETTER TO THE EDITOR to clarify the means of monitoring the care provided and the physician and medical center back-up, since an EDITORIAL in The Journal4 expressed some reservations about this expanded nurse's role.With physician and


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