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Nurses, training schools for

Institutions established for the thorough training of men and women, but more especially the latter, for professional nurses. The oldest of these in the United States was established in Philadelphia in 1828, and there was no general movement for founding others till 1873. In 1880 a larger number were established than in any preceding year, and since then, with the growth of large cities, the organization of new and the extension of existing public and private hospitals have led to such an increase in the number of training schools that at the close of the school year 1898-99 there was a total of 393 schools in operation, with 10,018 students. The training course comprises from two to four years, according to locality, and is designed to fit students to take full charge of the severest forms of sickness under the sole direction of the attending physician. Graduates receive from $3 a day upward, according to their experience, the gravity of cases to which they are called, and the financial ability of their employer.

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