Coral Pitkin Oral History Video Interview
Coral Pitkin’s Labor story begins with her quest to become a midwife. In the late 1970s, Pitkin started working at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos NM as an LPN and a midwife apprentice. In 1978, Pitkin also took on the job of Union President of the Nurses Union Local – Professional Performance Association at the Hospital. Describing the difficult working conditions as well as the bleak terms of employment, Pitkin and the other Union nurses at Holy Cross took a stand and won on a challenge to the Hospital Board to improve pay, benefits, and working conditions. Pitkin provides a snapshot of health care and health care workers’ lives in the 1970s and 1980s in a rural New Mexico hospital.
LPN, Registered Nurse RN, Certified Nurse Practitioner CNP, President of Nurses’ Union – Professional Performance Associates at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos NM
Nurses’ Union – Professional Performance Association, Holy Cross Hospital, Midwife apprentice in Velarde NM, Midwife licensing 1976-78, LPN at Albuquerque TV-I (Technical Vocational Institute), Edie Anderson (Director of Nurses), Nursing Associate degrees at Luna Vocational Technical Institute in Las Vegas NM, contract negotiations, Policy and Procedures P&Ps, Infectious control nurse, JCAHO accreditation, OSHA, NM NLRB (National Labor Relations Board), Tish Demmin (Northern New Mexico Midwifery Center). PRN (pro re nata) nurse St. Joseph’s Hospital Albuquerque NM.
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Pinkey, Diane and Coral Pitkin. "Coral Pitkin Oral History Video Interview." (2021). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/wphnm/73