The Army’s First School of Nursing and Its Influence on Nursing Education


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Abstract

The history of the Army School of Nursing, from its origins during the Civil War to its second iteration in the war in Vietnam, includes events and decisions that had farreaching effects on nursing education in the United States. For the first time, apprenticeship and on-the-job training were replaced by personal instruction from dedicated clinical educators, freeing staff nurses to care for their patients.

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