Produced by the University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine and Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library

Influenza Encyclopedia

ï~~ 02 0-, -0 AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION OFFICE-309 MUNSEY BUILDING, WASHINGTON, D. C. To the Presidents and Faculties of Colleges and Universities: T HE American Council on Education has just received from the Surgeon General of the War Department a letter expressing his hearty approval of a suggestion contained in a telegram from the President of Vassar College urging the establishing- of intensive pre-nursing courses at higher educational institutions for the purpose of assisting the civilian and army hospital training schools to meet the overwhelming demand for adequately trained nurses. In transmitting this telegram to the Council, the Surgeon General writes: "I desire not only to express my entire approval of the plan pre sented through this telegram but my conviction that it will provide a most effective means of meeting a great emergency. The establishing by all institutions equipped to carry on the scientific courses of the three months' intensive preparation in nursing as presented by the Vassar plan would make available a group of highly prepared young women who could be rapidly advanced in the practical nursing field; and nott alone in the civil hospitals, but through the recently established Army School of Nursing, in the military hospitals in this country, and if the need increases, overseas. We could immediately place many hundreds N of such students, if otherwise qualified for admission, in a valuable field of experience for them, and where they could at once render a much needed service to our sick and wounded men. "It is my understanding that through the machinery of the Council, o the necessary information can be issued to the Universities and Colleges that might be interested in this project, but if in any way this office can further it, I beg you will command me, for I believe no field at this moment can more justly command the services of our young women, especially those young women whose mental ability and character have been subjected to the testing and development of college life. "I have the honor to be, "Very sincerely yours, "WILLIAM C. GORGAS, Surgeon General. "By Robert E. Noble,z "Brigadier General, M. C. U. S. A." 0 m PRESENT EMERGENCY IN NURSING The Surgeon General has called for 50,000 nurses for the Army by January, 1919. It is estimated that there are probably not more than 80,000 fully trained nurses in the United States at the present time. The effect on the nursing profession of conscripting considerably more than half of the total number will be disastrous if effective measures are not immediately taken to meet the situation. rr T C rr C. rT

Permissions: These pages may be freely searched and displayed. Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically. Please contact for more information.

For more information, read Michigan Publishing's access and usage policy.

Published: Ann Arbor, Michigan: Michigan Publishing, University Library, University of Michigan.

Courtesy of: William C. Gorgas To Presidents And Faculties Of Colleges And Universities, 7, National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division, Bethesda, MD

Top of page Top of page

Original content created by the University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine.
Document archive maintained by Michigan Publishing of the University of Michigan Library | Copyright statement.
For more information please contact | Contact the Editors