St. Joseph’s nurses celebrate 50th graduation reunion
PARKERSBURG — The St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, Class of 1968, learned by hands-on training, graduates said Saturday.
And the Parkersburg school of nursing students were ready to work when they graduated on Aug. 25, 1968, the graduates said as they met for lunch at the Blennerhassett Hotel.
St. Joseph’s School of Nursing students attended classes and worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital, where the nursing school was located.
Marietta College professors and master level nurses were among the instructors at the school of nursing.
The school of nursing students attended for 36 months, year-round, and paid $1,800 for room and board in the dormitory at the time, a graduate said. The students wore starched uniforms at the school of nursing.
Fifty-one students started in the Class of 1968 and 29 graduated in August 1968 from the St. Joseph’s School of Nursing.
The St. Joseph’s School of Nursing opened in 1905 and closed after the 1969 class graduated.