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[Characteristics of practices in Dutch and Hungarian college nursing education]

NÁNÉSI Judit

MAY 25, 1994

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1994;4(05)

[An essential feature of the modernisation of the domestic healthcare system has been the need for a modern tertiary (college) nursing education network. Newly trained professionals will have a role to play in health promotion, hospital and primary care, as well as in aftercare, while at the same time gaining moral and financial recognition. This may seem a bold objective under current conditions, but it could become increasingly realistic in the next decade.]

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