Collection OH097 - Helen Wells Oral History


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Helen Wells Oral History


  • September 19, 2006 (Creation)


0.05 Linear Feet

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(Born circa 1926)

Biographical history

Helen Wells, RN, MNA, graduated with a BSN from the Washington University School of Nursing in 1947. After graduating and working at Barnes Hospital, Helen took a seasonal job at Yellowstone National Park in 1948. Helen then worked as a nurse in London, England. After a second season in Yellowstone, she joined the U.S. Air Force. She served as a flight nurse transporting injured Korean War soldiers to U.S. military hospitals and as an operating room nurse on three continents. She finished a master's degree in nursing in 1960. She taught operating room nursing and served as chief nurse at a hospital in France. Helen retired from the Air Force in 1973. She volunteers as librarian assistant at the 59th Medical Wing Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center at Lackland airforce base in San Antonio, TX. She create the Washington University School of Nursing Alumnae Scholarship Fund to provide scholarship support to the Barnes-Jewish College of Nursing. The College's physical assessment lab is named in her honor. Source:

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Interview for the School of Nursing Alumni.

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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Users of the collection should read and abide by the Rights and Permissions guidelines at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives.

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Preferred Citation:

Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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"Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), 2013."

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© Copyright 2019 Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives. All rights reserved.

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