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2.Did you know that....

Mary Eliza Mahoney, R.N. First Black Nurse 1845-1926Mary Mahoney was born in Boston in 1845; Unlike many blacks of her day, Mary Mahoney decided not to go into domestic work, but enrolled in nursing school. In 1879, out of a class of 40 students, only she, at age 34, and two other white students, graduated. With her graduation, Mahoney changed the face of nursing. Black students were accepted to the school as long as they met the requirements. Also, as a professionally trained nurse, she was noted for her expert care of the sick.Mahoney recognized the need for nurses to work together to improve the status of blacks in the profession. She became an inspiration to The National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses and helped make it possible for the nurses to be received at the White House by President Warren G. Harding. Because of her dedication and untiring will to inspire future generations, Mary Eliza Mahoney has been an inspiration to thousands of men and women of color who are part of the nursing profession.

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Asked by emilysmom1966 at 6:34 AM on Feb. 7, 2011 in

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  • Nope Never heard of her. Wonder what the requirements were to be a RN back then. Sounds as if they were as hard then as today.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 8:45 AM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • Pioneers rock!


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:02 AM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • Interesting. I'm always amazed by stories like this. It's humbling to think of the obstacles she had to overcome to reach her goals.


    Answer by jsbenkert at 9:07 AM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • No, I did not know. Good for her, very inspiring.


    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:33 AM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • That's cool.

    IMO, nurses are way more bad ass than doctors.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 9:47 AM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • Awesome, she was a forerunner that paved the way for others of her race to do nursing! Love stories about the forerunners of our country!

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 11:13 AM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • Great Story, OP!

    Answer by Sisteract at 11:26 AM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • My husband's grandma was the first Mother in the state of New Jersey to go to nursing school and be allowed to work a full time job. It wasn't unusual for women to be nurses prior to getting married, but highly unusual for married women with five children... she was the "bar" to see if they were going to let other mothers attend.

    She was an amazing woman. She passed through with flying colors and never missed a beat. Thanks for sharing the cool story, OP!

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:47 AM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • Interesting.

    Answer by SweetLuci at 12:25 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • lovinangels - Wonderful story! Thank you for sharig. :0)

    Comment by emilysmom1966 (original poster) at 6:54 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

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