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The Legacy of Mabel Keaton Staupers 1890-1989: Making A Difference . Melody Armstrong PHS 8960 PhD Student University of Virginia . Background. Born on February 27, 1890 in Barbados, West Indies Immigrated to U.S. at age 13

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the legacy of mabel keaton staupers 1890 1989 making a difference

The Legacy of Mabel Keaton Staupers 1890-1989: Making A Difference

Melody Armstrong

PHS 8960

PhD Student

University of Virginia

background
Background
  • Born on February 27, 1890 in Barbados, West Indies
  • Immigrated to U.S. at age 13
  • 1917, graduated from Freedmen’s School of Nursing BKA Howard University College of Nursing
  • Private Duty Nurse, 1st employed as a surveyor of health needs & later as executive secretary for the Harlem TB Committee
  • 1996, ANA Hall of Fame Inductee
mission
Mission
  • Initiate changes that generate equal rights

for Black nurses

  • Educate the public regarding existing health

disparities

  • Gain improved access to equitable health care services for Black citizens
significance
Significance
  • Improved the overall status of Black nurses

and promoted better health for the African

American populous

  • Organized the Booker T. Washington Sanitarian in Harlem, N.Y.
  • 1948, assisted Blacks in gaining unrestricted

membership in state and local professional

organizations. i.e. ANA

  • 1949, NACGN dissolved, mission complete
wwii military impact
WWIIMilitary Impact
  • 1934, Executive Secretary of the National Association of Graduate Colored Nurses (NAGCN)
  • 1945, integration of nurses from all races in the U.S. military
  • Key role in eliminating quota requirement tactics
relevant publications
Relevant Publications

Mabel Keaton Staupers

conclusion
Conclusion

Today, it is because of the many sacrifices and sustained efforts of “Trailblazer” nurses like Mabel Keaton Staupers that African American nurses like myself are accepted across the continuum of educational, instructional, and organizational structure of American nursing.

making a difference
Making A Difference!

LT Melody Armstrong, NC, USN, RET

Mabel Keaton Staupers

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