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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 86 (March 1947)

[Highlights of policy],   pp. [4]-15 PDF (7.1 MB)

Page [4]

German nurses, for the first time in his-
tory, are considering banding together
to guide their profession to higher nursing
Generally speaking, the Public Health
Branch of OMGUS has found that German
nurses are well trained in the practical as-
pects of their work. They are conscientious,
hard-working, and self-sacrificing. But they
tend to emphasize the spirit of service, while
in the United States nurses try to emphasize
the art and science of nursing as well.
Military Government, therefore, hopes to
guide the profession toward more democratic
methods of organization, which in turn are
expected to develop German nursing into a
ed into five main groups: The Caritas, the
Deaconesses, the Red Cross, the free nurses,
and the city nurses. The Catholic, or Caritas,
and the Deaconess, or Protestant, groups are
again divided each into groups of women
who have taken a religious vow and belong
to the church, and those who do not take a
vow but are trained as nurses by the church.
Upon graduation, the latter are at liberty to
seek their own employment if desired, or to
give up the profession at any time. In the
Catholic church these nurses are known as
the Free Catholic Nurses, and in the Protes-
tant churches, as Diakonie Verein. The Free
A German nurse is shown teaching handicraft to a young amputee;
at homes and hospitals for cripples and amputees, the part played
by nurses in re-establishing self- reliance is an important one.
Photo by PRO OMGUS

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