Black History Month, celebrated each February, is a time to honor the lasting legacies and achievements of African-Americans in U.S. history. As an institution that celebrates the diversity of its students, alumni, faculty and staff, Hondros College of Nursing recognizes 10 iconic African-American nurses that have made a lasting impact on the nursing profession.
These nurses were the trailblazers for our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) community at HCN. We celebrate our BIPOC students, alumni, faculty and staff and the efforts they have taken to continue the legacy left by these trailblazers. For more information on HCN’s resources this Black History Month, please click here.
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Osborne was the first African-American woman to earn an MSN - Master of Science in Nursing degree, using that degree as a launching pad for her mission to make sure that other African-American nurses have better access to higher education. Her efforts expanded the number of nursing schools accepting African-American students and resulted in the US Navy and Army lifting their race ban. In 1945, she became the first African-American faculty member at New York University.