Interview with Kate Ireland, November 1, 1979

Project: Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Kate Ireland first came to the FNS in 1951 as a junior courier. Her sister, her mother, and her great-aunt had been associated with the FNS before her, and her grandmother had been a donor. Ireland's mother became chairman of the Cleveland Committee, and Ireland remembers Mary Breckinridge giving a talk at her home. After serving as a courier several times in the early 1950s, Ireland was given charge of the couriers in 1961 and became national chairman in 1975. She comments at length upon what it was like to work for Breckinridge at Wendover. Ireland tells of Breckinridge's surgery and subsequent chemotherapy and the effects of her illness upon FNS operations. According to Ireland, many things changed within the FNS upon the death of Breckinridge in 1965 and the advent of Medicare and Medicaid in 1966. She explains that when donations did not cover expenses, the FNS had to accept funding from the government, a matter of concern to many of the FNS staff. Ireland indicates that the increasing complexity of treatment for various illnesses led to the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She discusses changes in the local area and changes in the food people ate as a result of the Food Stamp Program. She also comments upon the Board of Governors and the current administration of the FNS.

Interview Accession

1982oh008_fns151

Interviewee Name

Kate Ireland

Interviewer Name

Dale Deaton

Interview Date

1979-11-01

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Ireland, Kate Interview by Dale Deaton. 01 Nov. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Ireland, K. (1979, November 01). Interview by D. Deaton. Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Ireland, Kate, interview by Dale Deaton. November 01, 1979, Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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