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Regina Williams

Healthcare provider and educator Regina Sallee Williams was born in Sandusky, Ohio on April 20, 1931, to Cora Nell Collier Sallee and Charles Louis Sallee. She attended the public schools of Sandusky and graduated from Sandusky High School in 1949. Williams graduated from Ohio’s Mount Carmel School of Nursing in 1952, and received a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from The Ohio State University in 1955. She later earned a master’s of science in nursing from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan.

Williams served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army Nurse Corps (ANC) stationed at El Paso, Texas. After returning to Columbus from the ANC, she taught at The Grant Hospital School of Nursing. She moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1966, and taught at Mercy School of Nursing from 1966 until 1973. In 1974, she became an assistant administrator in the Department of Health Careers at Schoolcraft College of Livonia, Michigan. In 1977, Williams was recruited to Wayne State University, College of Nursing, where she held teaching and administration posts and developed an innovative program (Outreach BSN) for employed associate degree registered nurses interested in baccalaureate education. She was serving as interim assistant dean when she left Wayne State University in August 1990 to accept an appointment as the head of the department of nursing at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she served until her retirement in 2001.

Williams has worked with and held numerous leadership positions in professional organizations, including Michigan Nurses Association. She served as President of the Michigan Association of Colleges of Nursing (MACN) Dean’s group, as a member and eventually chair of the Michigan Board of Nursing. Williams has done research and has published on the subject of mentoring and on nursing education.

Williams lives in Detroit, Michigan. She remains active in nursing as a consultant through writing, attendance at conferences and by sitting on several community advisory boards.

Accession Number

A2004.031

Sex

Female

Interview Date

3/20/2004

Last Name

Williams

Maker Category
Schools

Sandusky High School

Campbell Elementary School

Mount Carmel College of Nursing

The Ohio State University

Speakers Bureau

Yes

Speakers Bureau Availability

Any

First Name

Regina

Birth City, State, Country

Sandusky

HM ID

WIL15

Speakers Bureau Honorarium

Yes - $1,000 - $5,000

Favorite Season

Spring, Summer

State

Ohio

Favorite Vacation Destination

Rhode Island

Favorite Quote

This Too Shall Pass.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Michigan

Birth Date

4/20/1931

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Detroit

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Turkey, Dressing

Short Description

Academic administrator and nursing professor Regina Williams (1931 - ) taught at several nursing schools, and was an assistant administrator in the Department of Health Careers at Schoolcraft College. She also held teaching and administrative posts at Wayne State University and was head of the department of nursing at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Employment

United States Army Nurse Corps

Grant Hospital School of Nursing

Mercy School of Nursing

Schoolcraft College

Wayne State University

Eastern Michigan University

Favorite Color

None

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DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Regina Williams's interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Regina Williams lists her favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Regina Williams describes her mother's personality

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Regina Williams describes her father's personality

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Regina Williams talks about how her parents met

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Regina Williams remembers her father's work as the premier plastering contractor in Sandusky, Ohio in the early twentieth century

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Regina Williams lists her siblings

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Regina Williams describes about her childhood home life in Sandusky, Ohio

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Regina Williams remembers her experience at Campbell Elementary School in Sandusky, Ohio

Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Regina Williams recalls how her parents protected her from discrimination as a child in Sandusky, Ohio

Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Regina Williams remembers Second Baptist Church in Sandusky, Ohio

Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Regina Williams talks about a lesson from her father

Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Regina Williams describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Regina Williams talks about Sandusky, Ohio and its environs

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Regina Williams remembers the impact of World War II during her childhood in Sandusky, Ohio

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Regina Williams describes Cedar Point in the 1930s in Sandusky, Ohio

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Regina Williams talks about reactions to Japan's surrender of World War II in 1945

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Regina Williams remembers relatives who fought in World War II

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Regina Williams recalls the growth of Sandusky, Ohio's African American population during World War II

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Regina Williams remembers her decision to attend Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio as one of its first African American students

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Regina Williams describes her experience at Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio

Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Regina Williams talks about racial discrimination in medical settings during the mid-twentieth century

Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Regina Williams remembers her first nursing positions and joining a U.S. military program that funded nurses' education

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Regina Williams describes her scholarship from fifth grade teacher Betty Rinderle

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Regina Williams explains the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Regina Williams remembers obtaining a teaching post at Grant Hospital School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio after her military service

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Regina Williams recalls meeting her husband, Robert Williams

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Regina Williams describes her experience on the faculty of Grant Hospital School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Regina Williams remembers changes in the nursing profession since the 1940s, pt. 1

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Regina Williams remembers changes in the nursing profession since the 1940s, pt. 2

Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Regina Williams talks about the academic discipline of nursing, pt. 1

Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Regina Williams talks about the academic discipline of nursing, pt. 2

Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Regina Williams describes career options for those with advanced degrees in nursing

Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Regina Williams narrates her photographs, pt. 1

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Regina Williams recalls her paternal grandmother, Rebecca Sallee, whose work as a midwife influenced Williams' interest in nursing

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Regina Williams talks about obtaining her Ph.D. in higher education from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan to pursue an administrative career in nursing

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Regina Williams lists some of her publications

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Regina Williams describes the balance of research and teaching in academia

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Regina Williams talks about her responsibilities as head of the nursing department at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Regina Williams recalls her involvement in professional nursing organizations

Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Regina Williams remembers developing a substance abuse treatment support program for nurses while serving on the Michigan Board of Nursing

Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Regina Williams remembers holding family meetings with her husband and children

Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Regina Williams lists her children

Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Regina Williams lists her children's schools in Detroit, Michigan

Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Regina Williams talks about converting to Catholicism after her graduation from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio

Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Regina Williams remembers how responsibilities were shared among family members in her household

Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Regina Williams describes her husband's service in the U.S. Marines service and his parenting style

Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Regina Williams remembers her family's involvement in Catholic mass after Vatican II

Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Regina Williams talks about her organizational participation outside of her professional work

Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Regina Williams explains the importance of public service

Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Regina Williams remembers an advisor who discouraged her from pursuing a bachelor's degree

Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Regina Williams remembers those who supported her nursing career

Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Regina Williams narrates her photographs, pt. 2

Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Regina Williams narrates her photographs, pt. 3

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Regina Williams recalls her paternal grandmother, Rebecca Sallee, whose work as a midwife influenced Williams' interest in nursing
Regina Williams remembers obtaining a teaching post at Grant Hospital School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio after her military service
Transcript
Yes, my grandmother was a nurse. Of course, she was a practical nurse and was become quite skilled as a midwife and delivered babies. And she was in Kentucky. I'm told that she would--when they called for Ms. Becky, her name was Rebecca [Sallee]--and they'd call for Ms. Becky to come and deliver a child, particular if the delivery looked as though it was going to be a bad one. And she had a horse. She rode her horse to the home and to help them to do--and delivered the child. So she performed as a midwife during that time.$$And when did you learn about her work as a--$$I remember when she--and I don't remember how old I was, but I remember her visiting us in Sandusky, Ohio. And my brother injured himself, Henry [Sallee], and--his leg, and I remember grandma taking care of him and doing the kinds of things that we would do now: make sure that his, the pressure on the wound, elevating it, putting ice on it and those kinds of things. So, that was quite an influencing factor I am sure, that, you know, you see that kind of, that action. I think another thing that also influenced me, I remember when we were I think in junior high, a friend had been hospitalized. And because they were from out of town, we would go and visit. And I saw the nurses walking around in the starched white uniforms and caps and that kind of thing.$$Okay, now the midwife, the nurse midwife you, whose work you described, that's your paternal grandmother?$$That was my, yes, my father's [Charles Sallee] grandmother.$$Okay.$$My father's mother. It was our grandmother.$$So her name would have been Rebecca--$$Her name was Rebecca Sallee.$$Sallee, okay. Now if we can--$$And she was, of course, lived in Kentucky.$And so how long did you serve in the [U.S.] Army, around?$$I was just in for one tour of duty.$$Is that two years?$$Three years.$$Okay, and what happens after that? After the three years of [U.S.] military service?$$I was out of military service. I came back to Ohio. I was married, and I applied for a job. My husband [Robert Williams] was still at [The] Ohio State [University, Columbus, Ohio]. And I applied for a job, and I went for a job interview. I was, I was accepted, and the job was teaching nursing at the Grant Hospital School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio. That's an interesting story (laughter), if you want--$$I would love to hear it.$$I had sent in my information. I was responding to an ad in the newspaper, and so I sent the information. And I didn't hear anything, and my husband and I--I think it was probably a school break, and we went to Sandusky [Ohio] for a few days visit with my parents [Coranell Collier Sallee and Charles Sallee]. When I came back I had a letter asking me to come into for an interview. So I went to the Grant Hospital School of Nursing for the interview. And I was sitting in an area, sort of like a corridor. There were seats. And I was early, about, say ten minutes, ten, fifteen minutes early. And at about, oh, about five minutes of the time, to the time I was supposed to be there, a woman came out. And she looked up and down the hall, and then she turned around went back into an office. And within three or four minutes she came out again, and she looked up and down the hall, and she turned around and went back into the office. The third time she came out she looked up and down the hall. She started back into the office, and she turned around and she said to me, "What is your name?" And I told her my name. And she had a look of surprise, but it was sort of reserved surprise, and she went back into the office. And so she came, and then she came back out. Now it was, by this time it was after the time I was supposed to be there becau- she came back out and she said, "Well, would you follow me please?" And I went in, and they were waiting for me for the interview. So that really what had happened was she came out, she saw me sitting there, but she did not, it didn't occur to her that I was the person applying for the job. They had never had a black faculty member before. They did not expect one to come (laughter). But they had invited me to come for an interview, so there I was. So, I went in, and I talked to the director of the hospital and the director of the school of nursing, and we had quite a conversation. And subsequently they sent me a letter inviting me to join the faculty.$$And what year is this, please? The year?$$That would have been in 1957. Yeah, 1957.