Medicine: Bootleg Nurses

In populous New York State there are 38,000 trained nurses, graduates of accredited schools, who have licenses to practice. There are some 42,000 unclassified and unlicensed nurses. Most of these latter are competent, well-meaning "practical nurses" who have had some experience in caring for the sick and can help around the house. Some, however, are graduates of unaccredited schools, including "correspondence schools." A few are ignorant, crafty persons who pass themselves off as trained nurses. The pres-ent State law does not forbid unlicensed nurses to practice, or define the practice of...