Black Month: Black Nurses Who Changed History


Black History Month

In honour of Black History Month, we want to bring a spotlight to the Black Nurses Who Changed History. Their hard work and compassion advanced the field of healthcare.

We are going to celebrate this month by talking about the Historical African Nurses. Before that, we will explain what Black History Month is. Let’s dig in the history which contributed to today’s world.

What is Black History Month?

The establishment of Black History Month aimed to acknowledge the significant contributions that individuals of African and Caribbean descent have made to the UK throughout numerous generations.


The concept of this awareness month was formulated in London in 1980. Main aim has been facing racism and educating the local community. Even for those who were never educated about Black History Month during their schooling.

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Black Nurses Who Changed History

Numerous legendary historical nurses are renowned for their accomplishments in the past.Isn’t it important to honour the heroes who have been saving person’s life and changed history through it? 

These 4 nurses left a wonderful mark on the history of healthcare that could never be erased. 

Black History Month

  • Harriet Tubman (1820 – 1913)

Harriet Tubman was born into slavery therefore no records of her birth were kept. Luckily, she managed to escape and changed her name from Araminta to Harriet. 

Nurse Harriet was known for accomplishment when she was a conductor of the Underground Railroad. She was most famous for helping over 300 slaves to freedom. However, they weren’t the only people she changed lives during that time.

Furthermore, Harriet then served as a nurse during the American Civil War and used her own knowledge of herbal medicine to treat injured soldiers. Her herbal remedies saved many soldiers’ lives from dysentery and smallpox. What a creative mind she must have had.

On the other hand, she never had smallpox herself during the time and people started to say that she was truly blessed by God. Afterwards, Harriet continued being a nurse because she was really good at her job. 

  • Mabel Keaton Staupers (1890 – 1989)

Mabel was a Caribbean-American nurse and an organisation executive. She became a U.S citizen in 1917 and was studying nursing at Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, D.C. 

Nurse Mabel even worked really hard to get the status of African American nurses, during the Armed Forces Nurse Corps during World War II. 

Mabel then became president of the National Association of Coloured Graduate Nurses (NACGN). Undoubtfully, her actions has eventually helped black nurses to gain unlimited membership in the state.

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  • Lillian Holland Harvey (1912 – 1994)

Lillian was an African American nurse leader who transformed nursing education. In 1966, she received a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degree in nursing.

Therefore, she became the director of nursing training at the Tuskegee School for Nurses in 1945. Followed by becoming the dean of the school in 1948.

Nurse Lilian turned the school’s diploma program into a baccalaureate one, which was the first of its kind in Alabama.

Also, Lillian worked very hard to build Black and African American nurses to be involved in World War II efforts by creating more opportunities within the Army Nurse Corps. 

  • Hazel W. Johnson-Brown (1927 – 2011)

Hazel was a nurse educator who served in the United States Army from 1955 – 1983. She was the first African American female general in the Army and the first Black chief of the Army Nurse Corps. 

After she retired from the Army. Nurse Hazel led the American Nurse Association’s governmental relations team and taught them at George Mason University’s Centre for Health Policy.

To sum up, we talked about what is Black History Month is and talked about the Black nurses who changed history forever. In a way, these nurses are very similar in what they did but whatever they did was to represent who they truly are to the world.

Black History Month

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