Mary Eliza Mahoney

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MaryMary Eliza Mahoney was the first black professional nurse in America. She was born April 16, 1845, in Boston, the oldest of three children. At the age of 18, Mary decided to pursue the dream of being a nurse. When she was 33, she was accepted in New England Hospital for Women and Children’s nursing school. Of the 42 students who stated that year, she was one of the first four to graduate that following year.

Roles in History

* She was the First African American registered nurse in the United States * She was one of the original members of a predominately white Nurse Associated Alumnae of the United States and Canada * She was cofounder of the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses * She was inducted into the Nursing Hall of Fame
Roles in History

* She was the First African American registered nurse in the United States * She was one of the original members of a predominately white Nurse Associated Alumnae of the United States and Canada * She was cofounder of the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses * She was inducted into the Nursing Hall of Fame

Educational Background * In 1878, when she was 31 years old, she was admitted into the hospital's nursing program * This program was 16 months long and 4 students completed the program within the next year

Educational Background * In 1878, when she was 31 years old, she was admitted into the hospital's nursing program * This program was 16 months long and 4 students completed the program within the next year

Mary Eliza Mahoney was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1945. She grew up in Boston with her parents, Charles and Mary Jane Stewart Mahoney. She was the oldest of three children. Mary became interested in nursing when she was a teenager. She began working at the New England Hospital for Women and Children in
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