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Academic Health Center Oral History Project

Sullivan, Theresa

TSullivan.JPGTheresa Sullivan received her BS in Nursing Education from the University of Minnesota in 1947. She worked in the University Hospital as a nurse until her marriage to Dr. Albert Sullivan, who was a faculty member in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota from the early 1950s and served as associate dean of student affairs at the Medical School from the 1960s.

Interview Abstract
Theresa Sullivan begins by describing her education and her decision to become a nurse. She discusses her experiences as a student at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing during 1940s, her clinical experience, and working as a nurse at the University Hospital in the 1940s. She discusses World War II; changes in nursing and medical practice since the 1940s; nurses' relationships with interns; how physicians and surgeons treated nurses; diploma nurses; the atmosphere around the Medical School in the 1950s; the Medical School faculty's relationship with their students; the position and power of the Medical School within the health sciences and the University more broadly; attitudes of local medical community toward the Medical School; and the relationship between the Medical School and the state legislature. She talks about her husband, Dr. Albert Sullivan; Earl Bakken and the development of the pacemaker; Walton C. and Katherine Lillehei; John Najarian; and Katherine Densford.

Biography
Theresa "Tess" Sullivan received her BS in Nursing Education from the University of Minnesota in 1947. She worked in the University Hospital as a nurse until her marriage to Dr. Albert Sullivan, who was a faculty member in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota from the early 1950s and served as associate dean of student affairs at the Medical School from the 1960s.

Transcript
Tsullivan.pdf