Glenda Rolfe


The purpose of this study was to estimate how many students should be enrolled annually in the schools of nursing operated within the Southern Union of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination in order to meet the anticipated nursing needs of denominationally-owned hospitals within the Southern Union by 1963.

Questionnaires were sent to hospital administrators, nursing service directors, and graduates of the Florida Sanitarium and Hospital School of Nursing, to find out the number of hospital beds within the denominational institutions over a period of ten years; the number of Seventh-day Adventist nurses employed in denominational institutions during this same period; and the amount of time graduates of the Florida Sanitarium and Hospital were employed within denominational institutions in the Southern Union over a five-year period. The data have been interpreted according to national averages.

In 1958, there were 507 hospital beds with 121 Seventh-day Adventist graduate nurses. One hundred and thirty-four of these beds were in two hospitals for colored patients, with seven Seventh-day Adventist colored nurses. This is a ratio of one nurse to four hospital beds as compared with the national ratio of 1:2.8. Thus 60 additional nurses were needed in 1958, In 1963, it is anticipated that there will be approximately 703 beds, requiring about 136 additional nurses. Thus, on the basis of the national attrition rates, 164 students of nursing should be enrolled each year to meet the suggested national ratio of 1:2.3 for 1963.

It is therefore recommended: (1) that Southern Missionary College Division of Nursing study recruiting methods to increase enrollment to 86 new students annually; (2) that a school of nursing for colored students be established at Oakwood College to enroll about 42 students each year; (3) that adequate faculty and head nurses and supervisors be secured and prepared for the clinical areas to be utilized for educational purposes; (4) that a study be given to the present utilization of the Seventh-day Adventist graduate nurses in order to maintain the distinctive features of the denominational hospitals; (5) that personnel policies be studied to hold more of the graduates within denominational employment; and (6) that new hospitals not be started in the Southern Union until enough Seventh-day Adventist nurses are available to provide adequate nursing care.

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Graduate Studies

First Advisor

R. Maureen Maxwell

Second Advisor

Maxine Atteberry

Third Advisor

Anne P. Martin

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

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Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings

Southern College of Seventh-day Adventists. Division of Nursing; Schools, Nursing -- Tennessee



Page Count

vii; 40

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