Date of Award

Spring 1939

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




A study of textbooks on chemistry for schools of nursing reveals a dissatisfaction with the present educational program in the field of that science. The books on the market today treat chemistry sufficiently, but there is a discrepancy between the actual offerings on the part of the writer and the needs brought out by a study of hospital courses. The accompanying study is the result of an attempt to analyze existing difficulties and to provide a workbook called directed studies in chemistry for nurses that may serve as a tool in applying a knowledge of chemistry to professional duties. The work is written in two parts. The first part is again divided into four chapters. Chapter I is devoted to an introduction of the problem, and historic events leading to it. Chapter II gives a survey of the work of the National League of Nursing Education in its revision of the curriculum guide for schools of Nursing, 1927. This revision was completed and brought out in print in 1937. Chapter III gives a brief outline of the organization of the workbook and shows the correlation to the revised curriculum for schools of nursing, 1937. Part II is a complete copy of the workbook. In offering this study, the writer is mindful of the limitations of the work, and in no way considers it final. It is merely an effort to contribute in some small way to the field of nursing research with the hope that it may serve as a guide for future efforts.



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