3:11 PM EDT

Nathan Deal, R-GA 10th

Mr. DEAL of Georgia. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Madam Speaker, today I rise in support of House Concurrent Resolution 386, honoring Mary Eliza Mahoney, as America's first professionally trained African American nurse.

Born in 1845, Mary Eliza Mahoney lived with her parents, Charles Mahoney and Mary Jane Steward Mahoney. For 15 years, Mary Eliza worked alternately as a cook, janitor, washerwoman, and an unofficial nurse's assistant at the New England Hospital for Women and Children in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

In 1878, at the age of 33, she was admitted as a student into the hospital's nursing program. After graduation, 16 months later, Mary Eliza worked primarily as a private-duty nurse. Her nursing career ended as director of an orphanage in Long Island, New York, a position she had held for over a decade.

As the resolution states, Mary Eliza Mahoney's motto was always, ``Work more and better the coming year than the previous year.'' Mahoney also recognized the need of nurses for nurses to work together to improve the status of African Americans in the profession.

In 1908, she was the cofounder of the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses. Mahoney gave the welcoming address at the first convention of NACGN and served as the association's national chaplain. She became an inspiration to all nurses and helped make it possible for the members of the NACGN to be received at the White House by President Warren G. Harding.

Ms. Mahoney died in 1926. Because of her dedication and untiring will to inspire future generations, she has been an inspiration to thousands who are a part of the nursing profession.

Madam Speaker, I would like to thank the author of this resolution, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, for her leadership in honoring this great American. I encourage all of my colleagues to vote in favor of the resolution.

Madam Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.