This collection includes interviews detailing the activities, training, and work of active and retired nurses in Montana. The interviews were conducted between 1991 and 1993 by Gladys Peterson. The interviewees discuss their nurses training, working in hospitals throughout Montana, their general view of nursing, and the changes that occurred in the profession from the 1920s to the 1980s. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection OH 259 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 3 interviews.
Dawn Thatcher reminisces about her family’s history and growing up during the Great Depression. She describes her nurse training during World War Two including the graduation requirements. Thatcher discusses her experiences with patients. She talks about the discovery of penicillin and its use by nurses ... Read More
Lillian LaCroix describes her family history and childhood. She talks about nursing practices and common medicines used during the Great Depression. LaCroix discusses the expenses associated with her nursing training in Havre, Montana. She recalls her service as an Army nurse during World War Two. ... Read More
Ruth Halland recalls her experiences as a nurse during the 1930s-1960s. She describes getting her certification as a nurse during the late 1920s, then going back to school in the 1960s at Montana State University Billings, and later Bozeman, in an effort to obtain her ... Read More