Wilson, Irene 1998-12-07

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The Dean of the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing Irene Wilson discusses the state of the nursing profession and the changes that have taken place over the past 50 years.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Irene Wilson

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: December 07, 1998

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Allison

Length: 1 hour 40 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Irene Wilson, Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, Dean, Moved to Lubbock from Post, Texas, Located at the Lubbock Sanatorium building, Nursing Schools, Operations, Regulations, Advances in nursing education, American Nurses Association, Suggested that nursing programs should be at schools of higher education, Reasons, Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, Diploma programs, Advantages, Number of students, Texas Tech University nursing students, Covenant Health System, Advantages of having a nursing school in the hospital, Dormitory closing (1975 or 1976), Classes, Course load, Students working for the hospital, Availability of nurses in Lubbock, Key supporters, Methodist Hospital Board of Trustees, Finances.

Tape 1, Side 2: Finances (continued), Shortage of nurses (late 1970s and 1980s), International recruiting, Foreign students, Nursing, Duties, Patient relationship, Medicare regulations, Effects on medicine, Shorter hospital stays, Opinions, Effects on nursing, Home health care, Autonomy, Nurse practitioners, Duties, Work in rural communities, Nursing (again), Changes, More responsibility, Reasons, Image, Relationship with doctors, Doctors—Lubbock, Texas, Influential doctors in the Lubbock medical community, West Texas Hospital, Nursing School (1944), Student obligations, Irene Wilson (again), Married during World War II, Born in Western Oklahoma, School, Taught 1st , 2nd and 3rd grades, Beginnings in nursing, Husband died in a plane crash during World War II, Remarried, Second husband died of prostate cancer (1985), Oldest daughter died (1985), Son-in-law.

Tape 2, Side 1: Lubbock, Texas (1944), Characteristics, Nursing school, Irene Wilson (again), Went to San Antonio after completing nursing school in Lubbock, Received a degree in nursing in 9 months, Moved back to Lubbock, Built house, Dormitory at nursing school, Nursing students, Student life, West Texas Hospital School of Nursing (again), Reasons for closure, Nursing (again), Uniforms, Dress codes, Male nurses, Patient relationship, Female physicians, Opinions, Covenant Health Care School of Nursing, Methodist Hospital School of Nursing (again), Supportive administrators, George Brewer, William Poteet, Students, Changes from past, Impact on nursing, Attendance policies, Irene Wilson (again), Became dean of Methodist Hospital School of Nursing (1963), Important changes she has implanted as dean, Nursing (again), Future changes, Advice to beginning nurses.

Tape 2, Side 2: Nursing (again), Black nurses, Margarit Dixon, Became the first black nurse at Methodist Hospital (1962), Dr. Chapman, Methodist Hospital School of Nursing (again), First students to graduate, Amount of students, Indigent care, Before Medicare, [This side ends after 10 minutes].

Range Dates: 1944-1998

Bulk Dates: 1963-1998

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