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Joan Randolph is a 1956 graduate of the Jefferson School of Nursing’s Diploma Program. Though she enjoyed all of her nursing rotations as a student, upon graduation she decided to go into medical-surgical nursing, starting her career at Jefferson Hospital working with, among others, Dr. John Gibbon. After leaving Jefferson, Ms. Randolph spent the bulk of her career at Jeanes Hospital, where she worked her way up from staff nurse to head nurse and eventually on to Vice President of Patient Care Services. Though now retired Ms. Randolph continues to be involved with the field of nursing by serving on various Boards and Committees as well as counseling individuals about their careers in nursing.

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History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Nursing | Oral History


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Oral history was edited by Kelsey Duinkerken, February 2016


Interview was conducted by Kelsey Duinkerken with Joan Randolph on February 5, 2016

Joan Walker Randolph