Diploma Graduates

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Diploma Graduate 1960 Interviewed January 21, 2010

I chose nursing, not that I wanted to this all my life -- at some point in high school I realized I needed to pick a profession and I started to get interested into possibly joining the navy as a navy nurse as a way to travel and I chose Springfield Hospital School of Nursing because there were a few graduates from my town to attended and speaking with them they spoke very highly of their education and the availability of positions for them when they graduated and it was almost like you'll never be out of a job. And I did enjoy going to Baystate Medical Center formally Springfield Hospital; met a lot of wonderful friends that I still keep in touch with and the instructors were just awesome. Very excellent people and I believe when we did our rotations to different areas like the Institute of Living, I felt that there was always a lot of respect for the Springfield Hospital students/. We were always chose first to be in charge of the different units.

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Diploma Graduate Springfield Hospital School of Nursing 1957

Interview Date: 7/16/2010
I graduated from high school in 1954, at Cathedral High School in the city of Springfield, and 30 of us went into nursing; 27 to the Mercy and three of us to Baystate, which was then called Springfield Hospital School of Nursing. I graduated in 1957 and I enjoyed my nursling school; got an excellent training, excelling clinical training, came out and felt I was prepared to work and I've actually been there ever since in all kinds of different places.
(Can you recall a little bit about this school as it was then and any of the special events they had any clinical that you would...)

O.K. When we started we were probationers for six months. And during that six months we did work on the unit. we did things like bed baths, bed making. We went to school pretty much all day even if you were working three to eleven you went to school all day; even if you working eleven to seven you had to go to school all day.
(You mean all day which was...?)
All day which could be like eight to three thirty; eight to four o'clock. And if you worked three to eleven you worked three to eleven to if you worked eleven to seven you worked eleven to seven. We had some professors from I think AIC or Springfield College for things like chemistry, biology and we had a doctor who taught us pharmacology and we had many of our teachers were nurses teaching nursing art and... by the time we were six months into nursing school, when I was six months into nursing school which would have been around January, February, March of the first year, they hurried me to pass my pharmacology course so I could work full time eleven to seven and go to school all day. And for a few weeks I had a senior student for my boss and many times it was me. Read Complete Interview

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