Inevitably, a social value is placed on a patient, and that value has much to do with the impact on the nurse of his dying and, frequently, on the care he receives. So the authors have discovered in a study they, with a nurse faculty member, Jeanne Quint, are making of hospital personnel, nursing care, and dying patients at the University of California Medical Center. A clear recognition by the nurse of the evaluating she does can help buffer the impact and make it easier for her to determine nursing needs objectively.
DR. GLASER (Ph.D., Columbia University) and DR. STRAUSS (Ph.D., University of Chicago) are sociologists on the faculty of the University of California School of Nursing, San Francisco. Their study is being done under a National Institutes of Health grant (GN 9077), and they express appreciation to Fred Davis and Howard S. Becker for helpful suggestions in preparing the manuscript.
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