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.Answer Question
Asked by emilysmom1966 at 6:34 AM on Feb. 7, 2011 inLevel 18 (6,228 Credits)
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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.
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No, I did not know. Good for her, very inspiring.
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