Mary Eliza Mahoney: America's First Black Woman to Complete Nursing Training
Learn about America's First Black Nurse to graduate from a nursing training program: Mary Eliza Mahoney. Forty two nursing trainees entered the Training School of Nurses, New England Hospital for Women and Children in 1878. Mary was one of only four to graduate and receive a diploma from the program 16 months later on August 1st, 1879. She co-founded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses, breaking down discriminatory practices and promoting professional nursing for Black women. Mary spent over 40 years providing nursing in the New England area. The American Nurses Association bestows biannually the Mary Mahoney Award to an RN who's significantly impacted the advancement of minority nurses within the nursing profession.