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From a young age Pat Owens had a strong interest in nursing, and as a high school student she was even the President of her school’s Future Nurses Club. However, she also really liked home economics so when she went to college she decided to pursue home economics rather than nursing. After working as at the Dairy Council as a nutrition consultant and later at Campbell’s Soup in their test kitchen, Ms. Owens decided that she wanted to instead pursue a career in nursing. After looking into different programs in the Philadelphia area, she chose Jefferson, entering in 1990 and graduating in 1992 with her BSN. After graduation she worked in the intermediate neuro intensive care unit at Jefferson before getting her Master’s degree as a gerontological nurse practitioner at the University of Pennsylvania. When she graduated in 1997 she left Jefferson to accept a job at the geriatric primary care clinic at the Veteran’s Hospital in Philadelphia. Though now retired she still works part-time as a legal nurse consultant.
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Oral history was edited by Kelsey Duinkerken, February 2016
Interview was conducted by Kelsey Duinkerken with Pat Owens on January 26, 2016
Owens, Pat and Duinkerken, Kelsey, "Pat Owens" (2016). Jefferson Nursing Oral Histories. 7.