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American Agenda (Med.: Nursing Shortage) #122442

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 09, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.

(Boston, Massachusetts: George Strait) Battle lines between doctors and nurses over issue of how to solve nursing shortage featured; ; details given of controversial American Medical Association proposal to create new kind of health care professor called "registered care technicians." [American Nurses Association president Lucille JOEL - says nursing shortage could pose safety threat.] [American Medical Association spokesperson Dr. James TODD - comments on RCTs.] Nurses' opposition to RCTs explained. [University of Pennsylvania nursing school dean Claire FAGIN - says covert goal is to put nurses out of the picture.] [TODD - responds.] [JOEL - says professional nurses are needed at bedsides.] Nurses' desire for greater autonomy noted; program at Pennsylvania's Beth Israel Hospital cited as example [Beth Israel Hospital's Joyce CLIFFORD - explains hospital's program.] [Nurse Marcie KREIGER - explains her role as primary care coordinator.]

Jennings, Peter;
Strait, George

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