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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Karen Jordan was a member of the civil rights movement in Philadelphia during the 1960s, first becoming involved with the fight to desegregate Girard College. After a semester at Cheyney University Ms. Jordan took time away from school before deciding to study nursing. She enrolled in the Jefferson Diploma Nursing program in 1973 and graduated in 1976. She would later go on to also receive her Bachelor’s in Nursing Science, also from Thomas Jefferson University. Ms. Jordan has spent her long career at Jefferson working as a medical-surgical, oncology, and neonatal nurse. In her free time she remains involved with the Cecil B. Moore Philadelphia Freedom Fighters.
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Oral history was edited by Kelsey Duinkerken, January 2016
Interview was conducted by Kelsey Duinkerken with Karen Jordan on December 14, 2015
Jordan, Karen and Duinkerken, Kelsey, "Karen Jordan" (2015). Jefferson Nursing Oral Histories. 4.