Mary Mahoney: National Association Of Colored Graduate Nurses

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Mary Mahoney Mary Mahoney was born on May 7, 1845 in Boston, Massachusetts. Mary didn’t enter nursing school until she was 33, and before that she worked as a maid, janitor, and cook for 15years. She was the first African American nurse who graduated from nursing school, was able to work as a professional nurse, and prosper in a predominantly white society. Most people saw her as an advocate for African Americans against discrimination in nursing. “In 1908, Mary co-founded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses with Adah B. Thomas. This organization attempted to uplift the standards and everyday lives of African-American registered nurses. The NACGN had a significant influence on eliminating racial discrimination in the registered
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