P.A.N. Program, 1961

5 03 2012

The following is a transcription from the July/August 1961 edition of The Lamplighter, a monthly magazine published by the patients of the Oregon State Hospital.  The article addresses the the Patients as Nurses or P.A.N. program.


This three-letter title is highly meaningful at O.S.H.  It is an appropriate title of an important phase of our Industrial Therapy.

P.A.N. is less than two years young.  It had its inception in January 1960.

Enroll for the class yourself and find out just what it means.

You can really become a needed, if not indispensable, person during your stay as a patient at O.S.H.

The red and white P.A.N. on the gray uniforms signifies that a man or woman has successfully completed a four weeks’ course in care of sick patients.

Patients able and willing to assist aides and nurses may now have the privilege of getting all the “know-how.”

You can equip yourself with new skills and techniques.  You can learn how to best give of your time and services.  At the completion of your course, you find yourself able to skillfully give a three-minute back rub; you can lift without hurting your back; and you can give tender, loving care (T.L.C.) to folks whose afflictions make your own small problems so tiny that you can see them only with the aid of a microscope. Read the rest of this entry »