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Good Nurses, Bad Nurses: A Patient's Eye-View

Britton, Janet

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3182785ee3
Feature: practice

ABSTRACT This article originally appeared in JCN in 1985. A patient assigned roles types to nurses from her hospitalization–friend nurses, textbook nurses, frozen nurses, and parent nurses. She offers thoughts on what makes a good nurse–moving insights still true today.

Thirty years ago, this patient experienced her nurses as textbooks, frozen, scolding parents, and friends. She offers understanding of what makes the best nurses.

At the time this article originally appeared in JCN Janet Britton, MA, lived in Andover, Ohio, and taught high-school English and creative writing.


Reprinted from JCN, Volume 2, Number 2, Spring 1985, pp. 12-15.

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