Little Unknown Black Nurse History

          In the Beginning for Black Nurses Wet Nurse is a woman who breast feeds and cares for another’s child. During slavery, African American women were forcing to function as wet nurses for their owners. Famous Educated Black Nurses Rachel Robinson is a former nurse and the widow of baseball player Jackie Robinson. She founded the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcom X, completed a degree in NURSING before becoming an educator. Famous Black Male Nurse or those who contributed to Blacks in Nursing James Derham born a slave, he purchased his freedom by working as a nurse & opened a medical practice. Daniel Hale Williams opened Provident Hospital and Training School for Nurses, the nation’s first hospital with a nursing and intern program. Black Nurse Organizations National Black Nurses Association – 150,000 African American nurses & students – 92 chapters (35 states). CHI ETA Phi Sorority – professional organization for RN’s & students with – 22 chapters (26 states). Black Nurses Rock-the newest & 2nd largest national black nurse organization-150,000 nurses & students. Famous Movies or TV Show focused on Black Nurses Nurse Julia – Diane Carroll as Nurse Julia 1st AA woman to earn an Emmy nomination & won 2 Golden Globes. HawthoRNe – Jada Pinkett Smith as Nurse Christina Hawthorne as CNO & President of a Hospital. She won an Image Award. The Book of Negros Movie – Aminata Diallo is forced into slavery & used Nursing midwifery skills for a living. Nurse by Association Salt & Pepper Rap Duo met – In 1985, while studying nursing at Queensborough Community College. Henrietta...

March is National Women’s History Month

2015 National Women’s History Month Honorees Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives 2015 is the National Women’s History Project’s  35th Anniversary.  In celebration of this landmark anniversary, there were 9 women chosen as 2015 Honorees who have contributed in very special ways to our work of “writing women back into history.”  I would like to focus on one person in particular. Darlene Clark Hine (1947- ) Historian and Educator                                   Receiving the 2013 National Humanities Medal… was both a blessing and a profound moment in the history of Black Women’s History because it represented acknowledgement and appreciation of the work that I and my generation of scholars did to include the contributions that black women have made to our nation’s progress and to the global struggle against social injustice, and economic and gender inequality.  Darlene Clark Hine She is also, the author of Black Women in White: Racial Conflict and Cooperation in the Nursing Profession, 1890-1950 (Blacks in the Diaspora) Paperback – October 1, 1989 . This is the book I referenced last month  during my webinar title, African American Nurses: Past, Present & Future with Senator Rosalyn Dance. Go to www.nicolembrownrn.com for REPLAY!!! As an historian Darlene Clark Hine sought not only to explore African American history, but to expand the discipline of history itself by focusing on black women “who remained at the very bottom of the ladder in the United States.” A leading expert on the subject of race, class, and gender in American society, Hine is credited with helping to establish a doctoral field in Comparative Black History at Michigan State University. While attending Chicago’s Roosevelt University in...

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