Issues and Trends in Nursing: Essential Knowledge for Today and Tomorrow
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Reflective Case Studies

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A. Read this article: "The Johns Hopkins Training School for Nurses: A Tale of Vision, Labor, and Futility," by M. Ramos, 1997, Nursing History Review, 2, pp. 23-48. This article provides an account of the struggle of one diploma school's efforts to change from a diploma school model to a university-based model.


1:  What was the early history of the school?

2:  How did this history impact the desire to change?

3:  What other factors influenced the process?

4:  What role did physicians and funding play?

5:  What was the final result?

6:  Given what you have learned in this chapter, how does this example relate to the chapters' content?

Michelle is a 25 yo who has always wanted to be a registered nurse. She is a single mother of two children, 5 and 18 months. She currently works as a waitress making base pay of $2.35 plus tips. Her 5 yo attends half-day kindergarten and her 18 month old is watched by her grandmother.


7:  What route to nursing would be the best for her to pursue to make the best income in the shortest amount of time? Also consider should Michelle attend school full-time, part-time, and/or night school.

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