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BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7000.325a (Published 29 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:325
  1. Robert L Hay
  1. Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Medway Hospital, Gillingham, Kent ME7 5NY

    EDITOR,--Nursing is in headlong flight from the role of medicine's handmaiden. Nursing is in headlong flight from the bedside to a promised land of independent practitioner status. This has created a system of nurse education remote from, and dismissive of, traditional nursing. Nurses are no longer taught by practising doctors or nurses but rather by an endless round of marketeers and classroom propagandists, including an increasing number of nurse managers (usually male), whose intention it is to leap directly from the …

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