I use the logic of profession and the logic of society as a frame of analysis when discussing the development of nursing literature from the end of the 1950’s to the turn of the century.

Nursing literature in the 1920’s and 30’s in the USA, and later in the Nordic countries, focused on the logic of society, whereas in the 50’s and 60’s the focus was primarily on the logic of profession. During the 60’s and from then on the stress on the logic of profession in nursing has continued to focus on the concept of human needs and on the nursing process. During this period the impact of positivism in nursing is distinct.

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