Tracy K. Gosselin Oral History Interview, 2021

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Creator:
Gosselin, Tracy K.
Abstract:
Dr. Tracy K. Gosselin, PhD, MSN, joined Duke University Hospital in 1993 as a Staff Nurse for Inpatient Oncology. A Massachusetts native and graduate of Northeastern University's College of Nursing's five year co-operative education program, she developed an interest in oncology nursing while in nursing school, which included an assignment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she became close to patients undergoing treatment. When she left Duke, in 2021, for a leadership position at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, she was the Chief Nursing & Patient Care Services Officer at Duke University Hospital; a wide-ranging job encompassing nursing practice, education, standards, and accreditation, as well as the implementation of patient care practices. This collection contains 1 oral history interview conducted on October 13, 2021 by Josephine McRobbie. In the interview, Gosselin discusses her early interest in nursing and later oncology nursing, her career trajectory into leadership roles, and her thoughts on workplace culture and nursing as a profession. The themes of this interview include nursing education, patient care, and the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on healthcare.
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1 interview (1 transcript) and 1.13 GB
Collection ID:
OH.GOSSELINT

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Includes 1 oral history interview conducted on October 13, 2021 with Tracy K. Gosselin by Josephine McRobbie.

In the interview, Gosselin discusses early interest in nursing and later oncology nursing, her career trajectory into leadership roles, and her thoughts on workplace culture and nursing as a profession. The themes of this interview include nursing education, patient care, and the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on healthcare.

Biographical / historical:

Dr. Tracy Karen Gosselin, PhD, MSN, grew up in Sutton, Massachusetts, 50 miles outside Boston. She found her passion for nursing when she was a teenager volunteering at a local hospital where she delivered flowers to patients, rocked babies in the nursery, and assisted nurses on nonclinical tasks, all of which taught her the value of human connection. Gosselin was inspired to enroll in a 5 year program at Northeastern University in Boston (1988-1993) where she received her BSN. When she started to care for people with cancer, she knew she had found her vocation.

Upon graduation, in 1993, Gosselin accepted the offer to come to Duke University Hospital as a Staff Nurse for Inpatient Oncology, which was opening a new solid tumor oncology unit that emphasized continuity of care, which included 1 nurse providing top-to-bottom care for a small group of patients. After 2 years at Duke as a Staff Nurse, Gosselin moved into leadership as Assistant Nurse Manager for Inpatient Oncology (1995-1997). While working in these roles, Gosselin received her MSN in Nursing from Duke University School of Nursing (1994-1997). After tenures as Nursing Program Manager (1998-2001) and later Clinical Operations Director for Radiation Oncology (2001-2005) in the Duke University Health System, she became Associate Chief Nursing Officer (ACNO) for Oncology Services (2005-2013). As Assistant Vice President & ACNO for the Duke Cancer Institute, she participated in the development of the Duke Cancer Center, which opened in 2012. In this role, she engaged a variety of stakeholders to develop the integration of services and details that affect patient experience. In addition to creating an Oncology Patient Advisory Council, Gosselin and her staff "work[ed] with patients and families to help us understand wayfinding, to help us understand furniture layout, and selection of [resources]." Also, during this time, Gosselin earned her PhD in Cancer Nursing Research from the University of Utah (2006-2012).

Afterwards Gosselin moved into the role of ACNO for Ambulatory Services & Duke Cancer Institute (2014-2016) and Chief Nursing & Patient Care Services Officer at Duke University Hospital (2016-2021), a wide-ranging job encompassing nursing practice, education, standards, and accreditation, as well as the implementation of patient care practices. Gosselin describes patient experience and care as central to her work as Chief Nursing Officer.

In 2021, Gosselin left Duke for the leadership position of Chief Nurse Executive, Senior Vice President, and Department Chair at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Acquisition information:
Accession A2023.032 (transferred by Josephine McRobbie, January 2022)
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Processed by Lucy Waldrop: July 2023

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Organized into the following series: Interview, October 13, 2021.
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Personal Name(s):
Gosselin, Tracy K.
Corporate Name(s):
Duke University Health System
Topical Term(s):
Oncology Nursing.
Organization and Administration.
COVID-19.
Education, Nursing.
Leadership.
Patient Care.
Research.

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