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Louise Paris Jones Papers at CMHSL

Identifier: 2022-081

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of publications, presentations, memos, professional notes, journal articles, and correspondence related to Mrs. Jones' work as a psychiatric mental health certified nurse specialist and as a licensed counselor. The materials date from the 1940s to the 1990s, and represent an overview of Jones' varied career as clinician, counselor, instructor, administrator, and consultant; documenting her education, professional roles and activities, and continuing education.


  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1946-1998

Biographical / Historical

Louise Paris Jones was born July 2, 1931 in Wilmington, Delaware. She received a RN degree from Stamford Hospital School of Nursing in Connecticut, a BS from Roanoke College, and a BSN and MSN in psychiatric mental health nursing from the University of Virginia. Jones was certified and licensed by the Virginia Board of Professional Counselors, the Virginia Board of Nursing, and the University of Virginia Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy.

She began her career as an operating room nurse at the Dupont Institute in Wilmington, Delaware, and later worked in OR at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. From 1969 to 1975 Jones was employed by Community Hospital of Roanoke Valley, initially as a maternal child nursing instructor, then as assistant director of Nursing Services for Inservice Education. In 1976-1977 she served as director of clinical nursing at St. Albans Psychiatric Hospital in Radford, leaving to pursue her MSN at the University of Virginia, where she concurrently worked as a program specialist for nursing in the UVa Continuing Education Division at the Roanoke Regional Center. Jones remained in her con-tinuing education position from 1978-1980, while also working as a professional counselor in private practice with psychiatrist Andrew Bockner, MD. In 1980 she became director of Emer-gency Outreach Services for Mental Health Services of Roanoke Valley, leaving in 1983 to take the position of director of the School for Professional Nursing at Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she remained until 1986. Jones again worked with Dr. Bockner from 1988-1993, then became a clinical specialist in psychiatric nursing at the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Salem, Virginia. Throughout her career Jones was also active as a consultant in health care and in nursing education in Virginia. She died on January 13, 1999 in Bent Mountain, Virginia.


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(b. 1931) Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Specialist and licensed counselor. Papers document her education, and her professional roles as clinician, counselor, instructor, administrator, and consultant.


The collection has been arranged into five series, reflecting topical and functional divisions imposed by Jones. These are: educational materials, graduate records, research papers, nursing history, and work records. To conserve space, only the first pages of journal articles have been retained.

Sandra L. Annan
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Repository Details

Part of the The Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry Repository

University of Virginia School of Nursing
P.O. Box 800782
Charlottesville Virginia 22908-0782 United States