Joyce Alt, RN, MS, Oral History Interview, June 19, 2018

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Joyce Alt, RN, MS, Oral History Interview, June 19, 2018

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Major Topics Covered:

  • Oncology nursing at MD Anderson in the 70s-90s; practices, development of nursing care; strengthening nursing
  • Support for nursing from executive leadership

Identifier

Alt,J_02_20180618

Publication Date

6-18-2018

Publisher

The Historical Resources Center, The Research Medical Library, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

City

Houston, Texas

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

Disciplines

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

About the Interview

About the Interview Subject

Joyce Alt (b. 18 June 1940, Alta Vista, Iowa ) came to MD Anderson in 1965 as Head Nurse in the Postoperative Care Unit in the MD Anderson Hospital, rising through the ranks of unit supervisor and assistant director of nursing until 1978, when she was appointed Director of Nursing, a role she served until her retirement in 1996. She was the first woman to serve as a Division head. Ms. Alt assumed leadership of nursing at a time of very significant turnover rates for nurses. She describes the work she undertook on several fronts to develop nursing at MD Anderson to address this significant institutional drain and create a more supportive environment for nurses to develop their careers and provide more effective patient care.

Portions of this interview have been redacted. Please see archivist for details.

Joyce Alt, RN, MS, Oral History Interview, June 19, 2018

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