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Lee (Lena) Hagen Oral History


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Biographical Information:

Lee (Lena) Hagen was born January 7, 1913 in Flora, North Dakota to Albert and Belinda (Lamen) Myhro. Lee was trained as a nurse in the early 1930s. In 1941, she was hired by the St. Cloud Hospital as a staff nurse in the surgical unit. During her 30 years at the St. Cloud Hospital, Lee served as a staff nurse, nurse supervisor, nursing teacher, assistant director and director of nursing services at St. Cloud Hospital. In 1937, Lee married Ralph Hagen. They had two children – Judy and Andrew. Ralph passed away in 1968 and she later married Lee Boyum. She died on January 23, 2000 and buried in North Star Cemetery in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

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In an interview conducted by Thomas Raiche on July 30, 1973, Lee (Lena) Hagen talked about her career as a nurse practitioner. She recounted her experiences throughout the years starting from 1930s, identifying the differences she saw in the nursing to the present. She described her time as a staff nurse, night supervisor, and then director and assistant director of nursing services during her 30 years at the St. Cloud Hospital. She has also taught in the nursing school and discussed the different types of nursing degrees during the 1930s and to the present. Lee also talked about the many improvements the St. Cloud Hospital has had during the years.

Interview by Thomas Raiche


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Lee (Lena) Hagen oral history interview transcript

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