Transcript of oral history interview with Betty Weible, conducted on June 2, 1999 by Heather G. Rosenwinkel
Betty Weible describes her childhood in the dust bowl of the Midwest during the Great Depression and later moving with her family to Camas, Washington. She describes her nursing education and how she became involved in pediatric nursing. She talks about the many roles she had over the years at Doernbecher Memorial Hospital for Children in Portland. Weible's proudest accomplishment was being head nurse of the premature nursery. Eventually she moved further into hospital administration and talks about staffing and recruitment issues and early labor negotiations between the hospital and the Oregon Nurses Association. Finally, she highlights some of the trends in nursing, including the role of licensed practical nurses in the provision of care.