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Judith A. Vessey

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Chapter 5: Historical Overview of Responses of Children and Their Families to Acute Illness

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Historical Overview of Responses of Children and Their Families to Acute Illness
Historical overview of responses of children and their families to acute illness
Judith A.Vessey

If nursing is ever to justify its name as an applied science, if it is ever to free itself from these old superficial, haphazard methods, some way must be found to submit all our practice as rapidly as possible to the most searching test which modern science can devise.

—Miss Isabel Stewart, Chairperson, National League of Nursing Education (1929, p. 3)

Nearly 70 years ago, Isabel Stewart clearly espoused the need for a research-based nursing practice; the challenge is as great today. For pediatric nurse researchers, the efforts to identify and manage the responses of children and their families to acute illness remains ...

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