Mabel Keaton Staupers Research Paper

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Mabel Keaton Staupers lived in a time when racial segregation and discrimination was at its highest. The fight for racial and social equality in all aspects of life was also at its highest. In regards to racial equality in the nursing world, Mabel Keaton Staupers was at the epicenter of that fight. Staupers not only fought for equal opportunity for nurses of every color, but she also promoted better health care for minorities. According to the American Nurses Association, the 1996 inductee, “helped break down color barriers in nursing at a time when segregation was entrenched in this country” (“Mabel Keaton Staupers”, n.d.). Mabel Keaton Staupers was born in Barbados, West Indies on February 27, 1890. At the age of thirteen, Staupers…show more content…
During her time in Harlem, Staupers performed a detailed investigation into the health care needs of the Harlem residents. Her investigation turned up significant shortcomings in the efforts to provide satisfactory service and treatment of minority patients with tuberculosis. According to Caroline Smith, an author in Contemporary Black Biography (1994), states that her extensive investigation “led to the formation of the Harlem Committee of the New York Tuberculosis and Health Association.” As a result of Staupers’s impressive research, she was immediately promoted to executive secretary of the new committee. She spent the next twelve years, ensuring that minority patients with tuberculosis had adequate resources, and also formed close bonds with political and social activists within the black…show more content…
Roosevelt’s national broadcast on the desire to have a nurse draft, because of a ‘lack of nurses’, that gave Stauper’s pleas new strength. The public began to also see the hypocrisy of the military. The public’s outcry, as well as letters and petitions from various organizations to the president’s office had been fruitful. On January 20, 1945, a statement was released that encouraged “all qualified nurses, regardless of race to serve in the Army Nurse Corps” (Smith, 1994). In 1948, the ANA finally allowed black nurses full membership into its organization. By this time, it was clear to Staupers and other leaders of NACGN that the organization has achieved all of the goals that had been set. That year, the leaders decided it would be best to dissolve NACGN because the activities of the organization were no longer

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