Concerted Action to Meet the Nation's Nursing Needs: The First NLN Convention

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Abstract

The early 1950s was a watershed period in American history.In politics, Dwight D. Eisenhower was beginning his two-term Presidential career. In science, the hydrogen bomb, the greatest weapon of mass destruction the world had ever known, was being tested, just as Jonas Salk was developing the polio vaccine that would save millions. Abroad, the Korean War raged, while at home, Americans could follow its progress through the vivid images afforded by the first widely distributed television sets. And in health care, America's nurses witnessed the birth of an organization that would come to play a pivotal role in their professional expansion: the National League for Nursing.

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