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Mary Eliza (1845–1926). America's first African American professional nurse. One of only four members of her class to complete the rigorous program at the training school of the New England Hospital for Women and Children, she was highly praised for the expert care she gave patients throughout her career. In addition, she was active in many local and national nursing organizations. In 1936, the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses initiated the Mary Mahoney Medal, which is now awarded by the American Nurses' Association for contributions in intergroup relations.
Mahoney, Mary Eliza
(1845-1926), the first African-American nurse. Mahoney did private nursing in the Boston area and was active in furthering intergroup relationships and improving the role of the African-American nurse in the community. A medal in her name, established after her death, was first presented in 1936. It is given to an African-American nurse in recognition of outstanding contribution to the nursing profession.