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Nursing the Nation: Building the Nurse Labor Force, by Jean C. Whelan

Nursing the Nation: Building the Nurse Labor Force, by Jean C. Whelan BOOK REVIEWS Nursing the Nation: Building the Nurse Labor Force By Jean C. Whelan (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2021) (215 pages; $120.00 cloth; $29.95 paper; $29.95 electronic) Nursing the Nation provides an analysis of the complex factors that influence the nurse labor supply, beginning with the work of entrepreneurial private duty nurses in 1890 through the nurse registries that supplied private duty nurses to the home and later to hospitals as a per diem labor supply. It concludes with the 1950s, when the majority of nurses had become hospital employees. The author describes the nurses’ desire to have control over working conditions, hours, and wages—particularly in relation to the role the professional nursing registries played in managing the labor supply. Filled with detailed informa- tion on the number of trained nurses, registry utilization, and wage scales, Jean Whelan has analyzed the evolution of the nursing labor market and the complex factors that have created the frequent problem of providing the right supply of nurses and the economic means to employ them. Although nurses have often been viewed as completely lacking control over their working condi- tions, Whelan provides evidence that the nurse-run registries did in fact http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Nursing the Nation: Building the Nurse Labor Force, by Jean C. Whelan

Nursing History Review , Volume 30 (1): 2 – Jan 28, 2022

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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BOOK REVIEWS Nursing the Nation: Building the Nurse Labor Force By Jean C. Whelan (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2021) (215 pages; $120.00 cloth; $29.95 paper; $29.95 electronic) Nursing the Nation provides an analysis of the complex factors that influence the nurse labor supply, beginning with the work of entrepreneurial private duty nurses in 1890 through the nurse registries that supplied private duty nurses to the home and later to hospitals as a per diem labor supply. It concludes with the 1950s, when the majority of nurses had become hospital employees. The author describes the nurses’ desire to have control over working conditions, hours, and wages—particularly in relation to the role the professional nursing registries played in managing the labor supply. Filled with detailed informa- tion on the number of trained nurses, registry utilization, and wage scales, Jean Whelan has analyzed the evolution of the nursing labor market and the complex factors that have created the frequent problem of providing the right supply of nurses and the economic means to employ them. Although nurses have often been viewed as completely lacking control over their working condi- tions, Whelan provides evidence that the nurse-run registries did in fact

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 28, 2022

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