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Oregon Health & Science University


Bernice Cochran entered the program at the University of Oregon Medical School (UOMS) as a member of the Cadet Nurse Corps. She shares anecdotes from her 1,095 days as a student, discussing schedules, curriculum, and ward duties as well as Henrietta Doltz, director of the Department of Nursing Education, and her interest in recruitment. After graduation and a recruitment tour, Cochran began her career teaching and working in admissions. From 1964 to 1976, she worked as a professor at Portland State University, where she taught pre-nursing students; she also served as a professor at the UO School of Nursing from 1960 to 1976. In this interview, Cochran addresses her teaching positions at the Emanuel Hospital School of Nursing and the University of Portland, her affiliation with the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education where she taught graduate nursing seminars, the entrance of male students into nursing programs, the relationship between nurses and physicians, and the role of the nurse in medical rounds. In closing, she reflects on the contributions she has made in her long career and gives advice to young students entering the nursing profession.


Transcript of oral history interview with Bernice Orwig Cochran, conducted on December 17, 1997 by Linda A. Weimer


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Nursing


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