Now and Then: Nursing's "Family" Portrait

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    A Family Portrait
    You'd think that nursing has come a long way in the last century. You'd be right ... and wrong

    By Karen Schmidt, RN
    July 19, 2002

    However different today's education and work settings are from a century ago, a nurse in 2002 has some fundamental characteristics in common with nurses at the start of the 20th century.

    And you may be surprised at just how similar.